📣 COFFEE INFO 📣 CONGO 🇨🇩 We can say so many things and great stories about Congo that it's difficult to find a starting point : the amazing people we met there, the region quite very dangerous at the moment, the outstanding work made by farmers despite the lack of means in the area…
Nevertheless, let's try to make a loooong story short in a few lines.
Last year, Tom had the great chance, thanks to VECO, to explore the region of East Congo, nearby the lake Kivu and the Virunga park. It is difficult to make good Arabica in Congo. Robusta was discovered in the Bassin du Congo, and people are a bit stuck in between Robusta and Arabica cultivation. Not so many farmers from Congo have the will nor the knowledge to raise Specialty Coffee and understand how to increase the quality of their beans to enjoy a better living. This is where Veco and OR Coffee enter the game:
VECO, on an equipment and organization basis, does a great job in helping farmers to gather around into communities. Helping them to team up and organize washing stations because there is strength in unity. For instance, they help providing depulping equipment to the washing stations in exchange of a very small annual fee that farmers pay to become members and take part of the washing station community. After a while, the depulping equipment belongs to the washing station and VECO retires, leaving farmers independent with knowledge and equipment. Special mention to Leopold who's doing such a good job over there, but also Lydie, looking for good practices for women in the coffee environment.
After being fermented and processed, the coffees go to the Kawa Kabuya cooperative (that has people on the board of the washing stations to collaborate). When the coffee is sold, it goes to Boutembo to be deparched (in a former Coca Cola factory) and exported.
Tom has visited different washing stations. The area is really not safe for now, but definitely worth the trip. On our side, OR helps farmers to understand how to increase the quality of their beans. One example: ... 😬 end of the story on our FB page (no space enough here) 📚📖📚 #orcoffee #ororigins #orcoffeeroasters #specialtycoffee #directtrade