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Congo SOPACDI

16 oz.

Tasting Notes: Strawberry, rhubarb, pineapple and agave
Cooperative: SOPACDI
Region: South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Elevation: 1400-2000 feet
Varietals: Rwandese Bourbon

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Details: This cooperative was established in a country that’s been torn apart by conflict and civil war. About 20 percent of the cooperative’s coffee farmers are women, many of them widows whose husbands died at war or drown while trying to smuggle coffee across Lake Kivu. To help address this issue, SOPACDI pays more per pound to its female members.

The cooperative organized and began exporting coffee in 2008. Three years later, with some outside investment, it was able to open a coffee washing station, the first to be built in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 40 years. Today Cooperative Coffees, of which Bongo Java is a founding member, buys shipping containers stacked full of 100% organic SOPACDI green beans at higher than Fair Trade prices.

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