Food: the importance of retracing the course of Congolese coffee

  • Protection By Elna
  • Business Journalist, South Africa

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Faustin Mulomba’s family has strong ties to the coffee industry

“My parents were coffee growers, I’m a coffee grower, I’ve known how to handle coffee since I was born,” says Faustin Mulomba, from Bweremana in western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mr Mulomba has spent most of his life working in coffee farming, but last year he was put in charge of a coffee washing station for the AMKA cooperative, a group of more than 2,000 farmers near Lake Kivu.

In this station, coffee beans from farms in the region are stripped of their skin and pulp. They are washed, sorted and dried, before being sent to town for further processing.

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