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DRC Coffeelac Premium K4 Semi Washed

Origin Democratic Republic of Congo /

Altitude 1500 - 2000 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal Mainly Bourbon /

Product Code 4754

About DRC Coffeelac Premium K4 Semi Washed

The Nicolaides family have been involved in coffee in Africa for three generations starting out as farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1965.

As part of Coffeelac’s commitment to revitalizing the coffee sector in DRC, they build coffee sourcing supply chains (such as collection centers and washing stations), provide access to finance, and good agricultural practices training for farmers.

In 2014, the company completed the construction of its second processing mill, warehouse, and cupping lab, with a production capacity of over 10,000 metric tons of coffee per year in Goma. The facility has assisted in increasing export volume numbers, coffee quality and consistency, thus, mobilizing the entire region to establish coffee production as an economic driver.

Coffeelac’s coffee sourcing network stretches across 3 regions of Eastern DRC: Oriental Province, North Kivu and South Kivu. There main objectives are to create 100% traceable coffee sourcing supply channels for both commercial and premium quality coffees, creating economic and social value addition to the network of smallholder household producers and to secure long-term volume growth, quality consistency and price transparency.

About Democratic Republic of Congo

Coffee growers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are emerging from over 30 years of conflict. A lasting effect of this conflict was the devastation of the agricultural sector in Eastern DRC, where many rural farmers mainly rely on coffee production for their source of income. Today, the DRC is rebuilding the economic and social fabric of the country, and the coffee sector will play a leading role in that process. DRC’s official production shrank from a high of 130,000 metric tons in the late 1980s to about 20,000 metric tons in 2014.

Due to the political and economic unrest, investment in the coffee sector by private organizations during the past 20 years has been almost non-existent. Although reforms in the tax law and the re-emergence of international exporters have improved market access for DRC’s farmers, they still face other challenges.

Beyond the political and social limitations, farmers face production challenges because of the poor levels of de-hulling and processing practices. The lack of equipment, washing stations, and knowledge of best processing options and agricultural practices further limits reaching their potential to produce a high quality coffee. Additionally, there has been little incentive to produce high quality coffee, as most legal and illegal coffee ex-porters provide the same price for coffee regardless of quality.

In 2012, the government launched a program for the recovery of the coffee sector. The regions where recovery of coffee growth has been planned are eight districts of South Kivu province, the Robusta variety of coffee in the Orientale province, and about 700 hectares of Arabica coffee in Bandundu province.