Congo Lake Kivu
From the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kivu coffee comes from the small Cooperative Kawa Kabuya (CKK). The CKK was born in July 2014 created by producers of the Lubero and the Bashu regions in the province of North Kivu, near Virunga National Park. This coffee was grown between 1350 and 1850 MASL.
Members are divided per micro-washing station and the coop is involved in production, collection, processing and marketing of the members’ coffee.
The coop was created with the goal of restoring hope to the coffee chain in a region of the country where the coffee sector was experiencing constant deterioration due to the civil war. This situation brought to a natural drop in quality, production, productivity and incentivized the smuggling of the coffee to Uganda.
In 2014 CKK had 13 washing stations and today has 36 operational locations. Another 58 are under construction. When CKK began in 2014 they produced one container of commercial quality, and this year they produced three containers of specialty coffee in addition to the inevitable commercial volumes that are a byproduct of the pursuit of excellent quality.
Recommended for drip or pourover coffee.