Recommended Use: Plunger, filter, chemex
Flavour Notes: Brown Sugar, Orange Zest and Cinnamon
This traditional coffee growing region has suffered considerably with the ongoing civil war and has bought poverty and grave social problems to the region. For those local coffee farmers who have been brave enough to continue selling coffee during the conflict, a perilous overnight boat journey into neighbouring Rwanda had been their best option.
Over 5,600 farmers from different ethnic groups in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have come together to form Sopacdi. This cooperative promotes reconciliation between ethnic groups, bringing people together to work and promote practical ways to move forward.
Sopacdi was formed in 2002 in response to the ethnic and gender-based violence plaguing Kivu Eastern DRC, where Sopacdi 5,600+ members live. The history of conflict in the region has made many of the coop’s female members widows. Sopacdi has responded to inequality faced by it’s female members by offering a premium per pound for any coffee grown by a woman.
-Region: Lake Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
-Producers: 5600 local farmers (20% are women)
-Elevation: 1460 - 2000m
-Process: Washed, Patio Dried
With 11,600 members in 21 sectors, SOPACDI produces "fully washed" coffee, certified FTO (SPP), and Utz at 1460 - 2000 msnm. They are Kivu Arabica specialty coffees from various varieties, dominated by the Bourbon varieties, grown on volcanic soil at an altitude of over 1,800 msnm, between Lake Kivu and the mountain range of Mitumba.
SOPACDI is the only cooperative in Kivu with 4 certifications. In 10 years time, the guidance of small farmers allowed SOPACDI to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of its members, such as schooling, housing, the pacification of ethnic groups, the creation of youth jobs, the fight against smuggling on Lake Kivu, and the promotion of women and pygmy rights.