Democratic Republic of the Congo Coffee Beans

Region: Central Africa
Profile: Citrus, dried fruit
Production: 44 million lbs (0.2% global production)
Global Rank: 30
Varieties: 21% Arabica, 79% Robusta, 0% Liberica

Democratic Republic of the Congo Coffee Overview

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.

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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!