D.R. Congo Lugendo Natural Kivu 3 Organic

Stone fruit, raisin, black tea, apple, spice
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P8001859-5
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About This Coffee

This organic natural 'Kivu 3' lot is from Lugendo washing station in South 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. Lugendo works with registered smallholder farmers in South Kivu, who cultivate at altitudes between up to 1,750masl.

Established in 2018, Lugendo coffee washing station is one of the most recent facilites built by Virunga coffee. Located in the Kabare region, the washing station sits at an altitude of 1,473 masl. 

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 South Kivu
Harvest Season 2022/23
Producer Type Washing Station
Wet Mill Lugendo CWS
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Growing Altitude 1450m - 1750m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Blue Mountain
Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3 SD
Screen Size 15 Up
Certifications Organic certified
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Eastern DR Congo still bear the scar from 20 years of conflict, political instability, disease, social tensions and illegal activities that put local population in constant risk of precarity and insecurity. Nonetheless, Eastern DR Congo has some of the greatest intrinsic potential to produce high quality arabica coffee in East Africa due to its environmental, geographic and agro-climatic conditions; namely, altitude, volcanic soils and rain patterns. For a long time Congolese coffees have been associated to poor quality and a damaging reputation of insecurity and armed conflicts, pushing Virunga Coffee to constantly fight to restore a name of high-quality coffee associated to high environmental and social standards. A key approach found to be very successful is by maintaining tight control on handling and post-harvesting processes by investing in collection points and washing stations. That's why Virunga Coffee invested In Mukwinja CWS, in order to provide economic oportunities for the surounding communities throuh a sustainable, high-quaility and climate-smart coffee business.

The Process

Ripe cherries are delivered to the station for careful sorting and floatation to sort by density. Once the highest quality cherries are selected they are de-pulped, then fermented for an average of 24 hours his parchment coffee is then dried in the sun for around 10 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 South Kivu
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Wet Mill Lugendo CWS
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Blue Mountain
  • Min Growing Altitude 1450m
  • Max Growing Altitude 1750m
  • 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 SD
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001859-5
  • Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk