DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Saveur du Congo, the first ever specialty coffee cupping competition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), will take place on June 2 and 3 in Bukavu, DRC. Beth Ann Caspersen, coffee quality manager at Equal Exchange, will be the head judge at this event.
Caspersen will train cuppers according to Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) global standards before the competition takes place. This means judges will apply an objective, calibrated and consistent system to grade and evaluate the coffees. This competition represents a unique opportunity for both growers and international buyers to taste the specialty coffee harvest from throughout the country on one table.
Savuer du Congo is organized in conjunction with Run Across Congo, a seven-day, seven-marathon running expedition through South Kivu and is being run by nine women. The objective of these runs is to raise funds and awareness for gender equality initiatives in the coffee growing regions of Eastern Congo and to support the widowed Rangers of Virunga National Park.