As a lover of coffee and good products, we find it very important to underline the provenance of coffee, the conditions of it’s production and the social impact of these grains for producing populations. For this reason, you will discover in the upcoming week a few tickets to the secret of Kivu, to be unbeatable on the hidden side of this exceptional coffee.
This journey towards the roots of our Kivu will take us to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the second largest African country. Located not too far from Rwanda, Tanzania and from Burundi, Kivu is one of the most populated regions in DRC (on average 71 citizens/km²) and especially known for it’s lake called Kivu as well. The coffee planters from the east of DRC are trying to make their way to growing coffee market of arabica. In fact, the region of lake Kivu offers the ideal characteristics for the production of the best quality arabica coffee.
She is predisposed by the composition of it’s soils, a hot and humid tropical climate, with and average temperature of 15 to 20°c all year round and an average annual precipitation of 1.300mm to 1.800mm. The exposure of the grains to the sun allows to maturing process to accelerate, and increased amount of production. Mountainous terrain is also a big factor, this one going up to 1.450 to 2.000 meters of altitude. As these plantations are close to the lake, the coffee grains develop flourished aromas and hints of fruits that invite the palate, with silky body.
As you will see in out next, the Coffee from Lake Kivu plays a notable role on the economical plan for a region in the middle of expanding.