Each year, Kickapoo Coffee highlights a stand out coffee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and donate $1 of every pound sold to On the Ground’s Project Congo, a program that works to promote gender equality in the Congo. This year, their Project Congo is an exceptional coffee from the Kiluku region, purchased from the SOPACDI Cooperative.
SOPACDI’s growth in recent years is a sign that the painstaking efforts to rebuild the DRC’s Coffee economy is working. For years, armed conflict in the DRC has made coffee production very difficult, despite the country’s natural favorable climate for growing specialty coffee. In years past, much of the coffee trade has deteriorated and gone partly underground as farmers smuggled coffee across Lake Kivu in boats to sell in Rwanda for a better price. This trip is dangerous and many lost their lives in the pursuit. SOPACDI has helped to strengthen the Congolese coffee economy by organizing farmers, providing resources for improving quality and efficiency, as well as partnering with NGOs like Twin Trading to give its members access to international specialty markets. Since its inception in 2002, SOPACDI has grown to more than 5,200 members divided into 10 primary societies.*
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Congo Kiluku, from Kickapoo Coffee Roasters in Viroqua, Wisconsin, courtesy of Craft Coffee. Feel free to pull up a chair.
region: Kiluku, Minova, Democratic Republic of the Congo
producer: smallholder farmers
association: SOPACDI CooperativeMassive
elevation: 1850 – 2000 meters above sea level
process: fully washed, raised bed dried
The aroma of the Congo Kiluku is absolutely dynamite. And much like dynamite, it explodes out of the bag as soon as I tear open the packaging with massive scents of cocoa powder, stone fruit, and berries burst in the air between
Bright tangerine citrus acidity is balanced with intense stone fruit sweetness. Layered flavors of plum and spice linger in the after taste.
*content courtesy of Kickapoo Coffee Roasters