The 5th Annual Saveur du Kivu - The 2019 Edition
Now in its 5th year, industry thought leaders and buyers representing markets around the world, joined Congolese policy makers, producers, exporters, and national associations to celebrate progress, and address challenges facing the Congolese coffee sector at Saveur du Kivu.
This year, following strict protocols, sample collection and handling were expertly managed by World Coffee Research (WCR). Of the 93 samples collected, 93 were accepted, and cupped by diverse national and international juries under the thoughtful and thorough supervision of Head Judge Paul Songer.
This year also marked the formalization and launch of the Confédération des Coopératives des Producteurs du Café du la RDC (CONFED), an association representing interests of and advocating for coffee cooperatives and producers North and South Kivu.
With technical support from USAID’s Strengthening Value Chains (SVC) program, the group finalized statutes and conducted elections to seat the leaders who will drive its agenda and efforts going forward.
From the adherence to protocols, the volume of samples collected, and cupping scores achieved, to the level of coordination among industry associations and government officials, outcomes of this year’s Saveur du Kivu are illustrative of a Congolese coffee industry on the move.
Procuring Cupping Competition Samples: Are you a buyer keen to cup coffee featured at Saveur du Kivu 2019? If so, you are encouraged to direct your request for samples to TechnoServe’s Janno van der Laan (firstname.lastname@example.org).