Food: The Importance of Following the Congolese Coffee Course

  • By Elna Schutz
  • South African business journalist

Faustin Muromba Checks Coffee Beans at AMKA Cooperative

Photo credit, TechnoServe’s Cito Victor Magwane

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Faustin Muromba’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 Muromba from Bweelemana, West Congolese Democratic Republic (DRC).

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

At this station, coffee bean peels and pulp from farms in the area have been removed. They are washed, sorted and dried before being sent to town for further processing.

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