The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a war-torn nation that, unfortunately, is best known for its instability and poverty despite being one of the most resource-rich nations in Africa. Those resources include fertile farming lands that give the DRC the potential to be one of Africa’s top coffee producers.
Instead, they produce nearly 20 times less coffee than Ethiopia.
While many cooperatives have come in to help market the DRC’s coffee to international buyers, farmers say they’re having a hard time earning a living by growing coffee. One farmer tore up her coffee plants to grow bananas instead.
Still, there is high-quality coffee to be found in the DRC. Robusta makes up the majority of the production, but the DRC does grow bright, citrusy Arabica beans if you can find them.