Against a postcard backdrop of snowcapped mountains and wild jungles, the Kawa Kabuya co-op is producing coffees of exceptional quality. The Lubero and Beni districts of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo border the Virunga National Park, an otherworldly spectacle of biological diversity, populated with gorillas and chimpanzees. The same mountains that serve as home to these great apes provide an exceptional climate for coffee cultivation—cool nighttime temperatures help the fruit mature slowly and evenly.
Challenges presented by the rugged landscape and a lack of infrastructure are overcome by farmers determined to share the region’s unbelievable flavors with the rest of the world. The co-op gives these farmers a forum to share knowledge and build momentum for the crops they’ve worked passionately to cultivate.