12 oz. bag
Taste: Notes of strawberry and honeycrisp apple, with a medium creamy balanced body and nutty sweet aroma.
The SOPACDI cooperative was founded by widows and survivors of the Congolese Civil War and boasts almost 30% female membership.
Coffee Growers: 12,000
Region: Shores of Lake Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Altitude Grown: 4,790 to 6,233 feet
Details: This cooperative was established in a country torn apart by conflict and civil war. Nearly 30 percent of the cooperative’s coffee farmers are women, many of them widows whose husbands died at war or drown trying to smuggle coffee across Lake Kivu so that they could sell it for a decent price.
To help address this issue, SOPACDI pays more per pound to its female members. Each family on average grows coffee on two acres of land. The SOPACDI cooperative began exporting coffee by 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. Bongo Java has been purchasing coffee grown by SOPACDI at prices higher than Fair Trade since 2014.