Hutwe - Washed 1KG (Dr Congo)
Blackberry, Black cherry, Dark chocolate.
Region: Kirumba, Nord-Kivu
Country: Dr Congo
Process: Fully washed
Producer: Virunga Coffee Company
Crop Year: 2021
Please note: We roast and package our coffee to order every Monday for postage the following Wednesday. To ensure we get your order in time, please place them before 9am on Monday.
Ripe cherries are delivered to the wetmill for careful sorting and pulping, before fermentation for 18 - 24 hours, depending on the climatic conditions.
Once the mucilage has been broken down sufficiently the parchment coffee is
thoroughly washed in clean water channels and graded by bean density before being dried in the sun on raised African beds for 12 - 18 days, again depending on conditions, until the ideal moisture level has been reached.
In the daytime the parchment needs to be raked and turned periodically to ensure a consistent drying process and prevent mold or over fermentation. The coffee is also covered in the middle of the day to protect it from the hot sun, and at night time to protect it from rainfall and moisture. Once the coffee has dried to the right level it is transported to Butembo for dry-milling, grading, sorting and handpicking (triage), before being bagged in GrainPro for export.
Hutwe Coffee Washing Station (CWS) is one of 5 washing stations belonging to Virunga Coffee Company, setup by Schluter in 2012 to produce high quality coffees for the speciality market and increase premiums for the thousands ofsmallholder farmers in the region. The strategy for Virunga has been three-fold: 1) To increase production through good agronomic practice 2) to improve quality through education and strict guidelines for production and processing 3) to obtain internationally recognised certification in order to generate better revenue for farmers.
Virunga have now trained over 2,300 farmers in GAP (Good agricultural practices) and obtained organic certification for these farmers in the Isale region. They have 7 full time field officers (trained agronomists) working in the region and have planted over 400,000 seedlings to be distributed amongst the smallholders in Isale.