Congo | SOPACDI Co-Op - Light Roast
Flavor Profile - Bright, fresh citric brightness with raspberry and cherry cola tones that resolve to a brown sugar and lightly spiced cocoa sweetened finish.
CONGO SOPACDI CO-OP FULLY WASHED
Region: Lake Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Process: Fully Washed and Sun Dried
Elevation: 1450 to 2000 meters
Variety: Bourbon Varieties
MORE INFO ABOUT THIS CO-OP
Situated on the shores of Lake Kivu, SOPACDI (Solidarité Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Développement Intégral) is one of few Congolese coffee cooperatives working with farmers affected by the region's constant struggles. With support from different organizations, SOPACDI has built its capacity to produce and export coffee to the highest of international standards. Due to the dire situation of coffee farmers in East Congo, Fair Trade officials took the initiative to allow SOPACDI permission to trade on Fair Trade terms on the basis of a documentary inspection, as the smoldering conflict in the region prevented FLO-CERT inspectors from traveling into the country. The cooperative became the first Fair Trade certified entity in Congo, with over 3,200 members of which an estimated 600 are women.
Currently, one woman holds a seat on the board of the co-op but SOPACDI plans to take matters a step further by incorporating gender equity in all SOPACDI’s activities and supporting the development of a market for woman’s coffee so that women farmers can benefit directly from the crops they produce.
Investments have been made at every level of the coffee producing, including on-farm coffee rehabilitation, processing infrastructure, and business and governance capacity. SOPACDI has built up its capacity to produce and export coffee of the highest international standard.