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Understanding Congo Coffee. The DRC COFFEE COUNTRY PROFILE. By Kambale Kisumba Kamungele. 10 th African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition Kampala, Uganda 14 th February 2013. Bienvenue en Republique Democratique du Congo.

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By kambale kisumba kamungele

Understanding Congo Coffee




10th African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition

Kampala, Uganda

14th February 2013

Bienvenue en republique democratique du congo

Bienvenueen RepubliqueDemocratique du Congo

Located in the heart of Africa, with a tropical climate, huge rain forest,& a diversified landscape, the Democatic Republic of Congo is believed to be the birth place of Robusta Coffee

Drc congo coffee facts 3 production exports 1988 2009

DRC Congo Coffee Facts (3):Production & Exports (1988 – 2009)

Source: Strategie de Ralance de la Filiere Café, Café Africa RDC

Congo coffee production regions

Congo CoffeeProduction Regions

Dr congo coffee value chain

DR Congo Coffee Value Chain

Modified from: ITC/ECCAS/PACT II

Congo coffee classification by defects

Congo Coffee Classification(By Defects)


SOURCE: Office National du Café

Congo coffee classification by defect


Congo Coffee Classification(by Defect)

SOURCE: Office National du Café

Congo coffee sector swot strengths

Congo Coffee Sector SWOT:STRENGTHS

Product(Coffee), land, labor force, climate

Quality soil favourable to coffee farming

Good quality coffee (Arabica, Robusta Canephora & Kwilu)

Existence of Agronomical Research Centers (INERA)

Existence of Coffee Farmers Associations (SYDIP)

Existence of Coffee Processing Factories and Exporters (ets. TsongoKasereka, Planokisprl, SCAK sprl, MaisonMbanga …)

Congo coffee sector swot weaknesses

Congo Coffee Sector SWOT:WEAKNESSES

Insufficient Agronomical Research Funding

Insufficient inputs and low yields

Low and aging transformation units

Aging of plantations and farmers

Inadequate & insufficient electrical power supply

Inadequate infrastructure

Underdeveloped Public-Private-Partnership

Congo coffee sector swot oppotunities


Global Coffee Demand

Availability of Good Coffee in the DRC

Willingness of coffee stakeholders to revitalize the sector

Possibility of developing internal market

Possibility of enhancing FINE ROBUSTA

Existence of a National Coffee Revitalization Strategy (Café Africa DRC)

Congo coffee sector swot threats

Congo Coffee Sector SWOT:THREATS

Over-Taxation and “tracaceries”

Political instability

Absence of a coherent National Coffee Policy

Pests & Diseases (Coffee Wilt)

Global Warming



The Democratic Republic of Congo

is a great country offering exceptional varieties of coffees needed for the ever-changing global market.

Consumers, roasters, importers, and the DRC Stakeholders need to know, try, and engage in Congo Coffee for the benefit of the whole value chain

(especially for that of the Congolese Farmer)


The happier the farmer, the better the coffee

Merci thank you for your attention

Merci !Thank you for your attention


Export Director


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