Single Origin Coffee - Cocaska - Democratic Republic of Congo
Tasting Notes: Apricot, stone fruit, earl grey.
The 500 members of COCASKA (Coopérative de Café Sélectionné de Kalehe) Cooperative in South Kivu successfully pooled their money to independently build a cooperative washing station. Their focus on high-quality processing has produced a complex & clean cup, full of chocolate, citrus and florals.
COCASKA (Coopérative de Café Sélectionné de Kalehe) was founded by group of 5 smallholder farmers - 2 women and 3 men – in South Kivu in October 2018. By 2020, the cooperative had a full 500 members, 40% of whom are women. They began processing at their new washing station in 2020.
South Kivu has nutrient-rich volcanic soil and ideal climatic conditions for growing Arabica coffee.
Farmers selectively handpick cherry and deliver it to COCASKA’s washing station. Cherry is sorted at intake and then pulped. Coffee fermented for 9 to 24 hours
before being washed in clean water and laid to dry.
Coffee once played a huge part in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) economy. Eastern DRC was called “a paradise for coffee.” Unfortunately, the country’s
dark colonial history followed by waves of political turmoil limited prosperity in the coffee sector. Today, coffee’s making a comeback as a number of private and public sector actors invest in the country. We believe DRC is a country to watch as it continues to build the infrastructure and knowledge needed for specialty coffee production.
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Region: South Kivu
Altitude: 1,655 MASL
Process: Fully Washed