The first ever international specialty cupping competition will take place in DR Congo on 2-3 June 2015 in Bukavu. The outcome will be the first ever objective evaluation of all traceable, specialty coffees grown and processed in DR Congo, allowing for both growers and international buyers to taste the specialty harvest from throughout the region on one table.
- Jennifer Roberts, Atlas,
- Stephen Vick, Blue Bottle,
- Florent Gout, Coop Coffees,
- Tim Hill, Counter Culture,
- Maria Kirya, Gumutindo,
- Heine Brothers,
- Chris Treter, Higher Grounds Trading (joint project organisers of Run Across Congo),
- InterAmerican Importers,
- Caleb Nicholes, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters,
- Peace Coffee,
- Thread Coffee,
- Katherine Nolte, Twin.
Coffee samples will be cupped and evaluated and scored to SCAA Standards.
The event promises to be a huge celebration of how far the farmers of the Kivu region of DR Congo have progressed through hard work and investments in quality of the last five years. Cooperatives and washing stations throughout the enormous Kivu province, spanning over 600 km from Uvira in South Kivu to north of Butembo in North Kivu are expected to participate. The event is organised in partnership with the Government of South Kivu and the National Coffee Organisation of DR Congo.
Expected participants include:
- Muungano Coffee Cooperative, Kiniezire, Kelehe, South Kivu
- Furaha Coffee Cooperative, Mutumbala Valley, South Kivu
- Kivu Organic Coop, Lemera and Ile d’Idjui
- Sopacdi Minova, South Kivu,
- COCAT, Cooperative of Women’s Coffee Growers, Tuungane, Uvira, South Kivu,
- Kawa Kabuya, Butembo, North Kivu.
- Kawa Kanzururu, Lume, North Kivu,
- Kawa Maber, Ndrele, Eastern Province,
- CPNCK (Kawa Kenja), Bigarula, South Kivu,
- Cooperatives in the Eastern Congo Initiative, Kalehe, South Kivu.
There will be live tweets from the event from us and the Run Across Congo team: @twinfairtrade @RichardHide @RunAcrossCongo
The Saveur du Kivu follows on immediately from Run Across Congo: 7 Marathons in 7 Days (24-30 May) partnering with female farmers for gender equity. The all-women group of runners will jog through coffee communities along Lake Kivu, with the final day seeing many participants, including a Twin team, taking part in a Solidarity Run.
All funds raised will go to support work to empower female coffee farmers, female victims of violence being treated at Lemera Hospital, and the Virunga National Park’s Fallen Rangers Projects, working with widows and children. Click for more details.
It promises to be a spectacular and emotional 10 days for a community connecting across the coffee supply chain in Eastern DR Congo.
You can support the Run Across Congo causes, by texting ‘TWIN15’ + the amount (e.g. TWIN15 £10) to 70070