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Congo Kivu Coffee

Brewing Hints: Brew for 3 – 4 minutes in a cafetiere or use a filter machine. Don’t allow this coffee to stand on a hotplate too long!

Roast Depth: Medium Roast Coffee

Origin: Kivu, DRC (formerly Zaire)

Characteristics: A bold, intense coffee with wild aspects

Serving Suggestions: Drink at any time of day, ideally with milk.

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Product Description

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a massive part of Africa covering 2.345 million km2, its capital is Kinshasa.

From the early 1970s to the late 1990s it was known as Zaire, which was brought down and changed with the onset of Congolese civil wars, which resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people. DRC is a very mineral and natural resource-rich country with its biggest export being minerals.

Since 1996 Congo has been involved in five major conflicts, four of which could be considered civil wars. These complicated and violent political events have caused the supply of Congo Kivu Arabica Coffee to be very sporadic.

The Congo River system is derived from the tropical climate and this has made the DRC an absolute garden which is called the Congo Rainforest and is the second largest rainforest in the world. The Congo River basin has an area of nearly 1 million km2 and the Kivu River (also known as the Ruzizi) is a major tributary of the Congo River.

Our Congo Kivu has a delightful, slightly spicy aroma with slight hints of the fecund soil in which it is grown, in the cup it has hints of cocoa and orchard fruits. We roast this coffee as though it were a Kenya, giving it a full-medium roast depth which brings out the richness and the velvet in the flavour.

This is a good quality African coffee which isn’t always readily available. If you find Kenya coffees too strong, then the lively, dry fruitiness of Congo Kivu makes it an excellent alternative.



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