To understand why PCP would engage in the revitalization of coffee in DR Congo, you must begin with its history.
Robusta coffee (coffea canephora) is grown in lower altitudes, and can withstand warmer temperatures than Arabica. It is more resistant to disease and easier to grow. Robusta has a distinctive taste and contains 50-60% more caffeine than Arabica.
How Does It Work?
Paul Carlson Partnership, Café Africa, and the Covenant Church of Congo are working together in a three-way partnership to create a coffee producing and exporting enterprise that will endure through generations.
- PCP is funding the initial stages of the project, beginning with purchasing disease-resistant robusta seedlings and other materials needed to ensure the producers have the proper equipment and tools for agriculture training.
- Café Africa, a NGO based in DR Congo, are the coffee experts who are training the producers in Karawa how to successfully plant, nurture, harvest, and export Robusta coffee.
- The Covenant Church of Congo (CEUM) is our long-term partner and coffee producers are members of the church.
The entire project is designed to be 100% owned by the coffee producers. This will be achieved in part through training in good agricultural practices, and in part by organizing the producers into a cooperative or association in order to provide long-term support for export and other services, and to safeguard producer interests in the marketing of their crops. By training and equipping people to grow coffee, the local economy can be revitalized, increasing the livelihoods of thousands of families in the area.
The Karawa Coffee Project was launched on December 15, 2017, in partnership with PCP, Café Africa, and the Covenant Church of Congo.
Training & Cultivating
1,400 coffee producers received agriculture and business training and organized into associations in four areas near Karawa. Approximately 900,000 seeds were germinated, planted, and cultivated in shaded nurseries.
Nurturing Fields & Transferring Plants
Coffee producers continue to nurture coffee plants, prepare the fields, and plant intercrops.
Coffee producers maintain and cultivate their new coffee fields for first harvest to sell in fall 2020. They also legally establish their associations toward forming a coffee cooperative.
Karawa coffee is available for purchase in the U.S.
FUPROCAF (the Ubangi Federation of Coffee Producers) is established.
The coffee producers focus on local, regional, national, and international sales in 2022. FUPROCAF also establishes the advisory board. 300-500 metric tons of coffee is expected for the fall 2022 harvest.
Karawa Coffee Correspondents
We are developing a new volunteer program for people who:
- love coffee
- love Congo
- are passionate about long-term growth
- are willing to learn
- want to join in God’s holistic mission
If this describes you or someone you know, the Karawa Coffee Correspondent volunteer program might be a perfect fit! Fill out the form to the right and we will send you more information when the program is available.
Coffee Roasters & Retailers
Are you a coffee roaster or retailer who is interested in learning more about how you can roast and sell Karawa coffee? We are expecting a small harvest in Fall 2019 and are currently looking for roasters who would like to get involved.
Contact us through the form on the right and we’ll be in touch.
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Give to Keep the Coffee Growing
We invite individuals and churches to invest in the Karawa Coffee Project through a gift to support the coffee producers.
Your gift will support the Karawa Coffee Project over the next six months as coffee producers nurture, harvest, and export coffee around the world.
We have provided several resources for you and your church, including videos, childrens' curriculum, stories, and PCP Sunday worship service plans.
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