Political and social turmoil in Congo has had negative effects on coffee farming, and the future of coffee farming in the region as well as the availability of premium quality exports remains uncertain.
Coffee Farming in Kivu
One location known for the farming of coffee as well as palm oil, cotton, rice is Kivu the general name for East Congo, or Kinshasa. Tin and gold are also mined in this region.
Kivu spans over a broad area and borders Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda. The three provinces of Kivu are Maniema, Sud-Kivu (South Kivu), and Nord-Kivu (North Kivu) and the region includes Kahuzi-Biega National Park, a section of Maiko National Park, and the Ruwenzori Mountains. Eastern Kivu borders Lake Tanganyika.
Congo Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips
For tips on brewing the perfect cup of Congo coffee see the Espresso Coffee Guide’s section on Coffee Brewing.
For easy to follow instructions on how to make great Congo espresso drinks see Espresso Drink Recipes and the Barista Guide to Perfect Lattes and Cappuccinos. Also provided are tips on Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot.
For the history of espresso and coffee see World’s Best History of Coffee, and for a complete list of coffee terminology with detailed definitions see the Espresso Coffee Guide’s Coffee and Espresso Glossary.