Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Region: North Kivu
Altitude: 1500 – 2000 masl
Varieties: Mainly Bourbon
In the cup: Smooth body with bright citrus acidity and sugarcane in the sweetness.
The Nicolaides family have been involved in coffee in Africa for three generations starting out as farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1965.
As part of Coffeelac’s commitment to revitalizing the coffee sector in DRC, they build coffee sourcing supply chains (such as collection centers and washing stations), provide access to finance, and good agricultural practices training for farmers.
In 2014, the company completed the construction of its second processing mill, warehouse, and cupping lab, with a production capacity of over 10,000 metric tons of coffee per year in Goma. The facility has assisted in increasing export volume numbers, coffee quality and consistency, thus, mobilizing the entire region to establish coffee production as an economic driver.
Coffeelac’s coffee sourcing network stretches across 3 regions of Eastern DRC: Oriental Province, North Kivu and South Kivu.
There main objectives are to create 100% traceable coffee sourcing supply channels for both commercial and premium quality coffees, creating economic and social value addition to the network of smallholder household producers and to secure long-term volume growth, quality consistency and price transparency.