D.R. Congo Hutwe Washed Kivu 3 Organic

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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P8001859-3
  • 18 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This organic fully washed 'Kivu 3' lot is from Hutwe washing station in North Kivu, one of 8 such stations operated by Virunga Coffee Company, set up by Schluter Ltd. (now Covoya Europe) in 2012 to produce specialty coffees in eastern DRC and improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers in the region. Hutwe works with over 600 farmers in South Kivu, who cultivate at altitudes between 1,750 and 2,000masl

Virunga now have now trained over 8,000 famers in GAP (Good agricultural practices) and have partnered them in organic certification. They have 35 field officers (trained agronomists) working in the region and distribute over 3 million seedlings a year to farmers in Eastern DRC.

Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
Subregion North Kivu
Harvest Season 2022/23
Producer Type Washing Station
Wet Mill Hutwe
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1750m - 2000m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3
Screen Size 15 Up
Certifications Organic certified
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Hutwe village is located in the Kirumba region of Nord-Kivu (North of Lake Kivu), on the edge of Virunga National Park, bordered by Uganda to the east. The region has excellent conditions for speciality arabica production with plentiful rainfall, high altitude and highly fertile volcanic soils. The region is also very poverty-stricken and has had a severe lack of infrastructure which has made high quality arabica both difficult to produce and very challenging to export. Virunga Coffee Company has sought to overcome many of these problems through hands-on farmer education and investment in local infrastructure such as roads and bridges. This has allowed quality improvements every season and, in turn, higher premiums for farmers.

The Process

Ripe cherries are delivered to the station for careful sorting and floatation. Once the highest quality cherries are selected they are pulped to remove the skin and most of the fruit. The coffee is then placed straight onto raised African beds, retaining some of its sugary mucilage. This parchment coffee is then dried in the sun for an average of 14 days, until the optimum moisture content has been reached. At this point the coffee is rested in a cool, dry environment for 1-2 months, before being milled, sorted and graded by bean size.

  • Subregion North Kivu
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Wet Mill Hutwe
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Min Growing Altitude 1750m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2000m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £5.25
  • Status Spot
  • Certifications Organic certified
  • Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001859-3
  • Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk