D.R. Congo Katana K3 Sundried Organic / AtS+

Creamy milk chocolate, light florals, soft mouthfeel
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
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Lot Number P8001550-1
  • 25 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Katana Coffee Washing Station (CWS) is one of 7 washing stations belonging to Virunga Coffee Company, setup by Schluter (now Olam Specialty Europe) in 2012 to produce high quality coffees for the specialty market and increase premiums for the thousands of smallholder farmers in the region. The strategy for Virunga has been three-fold: 1) To increase production through good agronomic practice 2) to improve quality through education and strict guidelines for production and processing 3) to obtain internationally recognised certification in order to generate better revenue for farmers.

Virunga now have now trained over 2,300 famers in GAP (Good agricultural practices) and obtained organic certification for these farmers in the Isale region. They have 7 full time field officers (trained agronomists) working in the region and have planted over 400,000 seedlings to be distributed amongst the smallholders in Isale.

Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
Subregion South Kivu
Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
Wet Mill Katana
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Growing Altitude 1500-1900m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3 SD
Screen Size 15 Up
Soil Volcanic
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG

The Region

Katana village is located in the South-Kivu (South of Lake Kivu) region, 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 wetmill for careful sorting and oatation in clean water tanks. The ripe cherries sink due to their high density and the oaters are removed and used for lower grade production. The ripe cherries are then dried in the sun on raised African beds for 12 - 15 days until the optimum moisture content has been reached. They must be turned consistently to ensure even drying and prevent mold or overfermentation. Once the coffee has dried it is transported to Butembo for dry-milling, grading, sorting and handpicking (triage), before being bagged in GrainPro for export.

  • Status Spot
  • Subregion South Kivu
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Wet Mill Katana
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Coffee Grade DRC CA WA KIVU G3 SD
  • Growing Altitude 1500-1900m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk
  • Soil Volcanic
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001550-1
  • Price Per Kg £7.30