Celebration of the Reemergence of DRC’s Specialty Coffee Sector featuring a Specialty Cupping Competition, Supply Chain Workshops and Farm Visits
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
May 23-26, 2017
Saveur du Kivu is a celebration of the reemergence of specialty coffee in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the specialty coffee cupping competition and annual meeting for representatives throughout the international supply chain, this event supports the construction of DRC’s specialty coffee industry, producing some of the world's finest Arabica coffee. The development of the specialty coffee industry in DRC is playing a crucial role in increasing economic stability and peace in the fertile highlands of eastern Congo.
On May 23-26, 2016, the 3nd annual Saveur du Kivu will take place with great Congolese and international fanfare in Bukavu, DRC. A cupping competition, supply chain workshops, and producer forum will take place with representatives from grower organizations, government, international NGOs, and buyers will take place with an objective of supporting the reemergence of a sustainable specialty coffee industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Highlights will include:
Specialty Coffee Cupping Competition utilizing the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) global standards, which assure compliance to an objective, calibrated, and consistent system to grade and evaluate coffees. Coffee growing organizations throughout the DRC, who meet specialty coffee standards, are invited to submit samples.
Workshops and Interactive Panel Discussions with representatives from grower organizations, government, international NGOs, and buyers celebrating the progress of the specialty coffee sector and addressing key challenges in the continued development of the industry.
Gender Equality and Small Scale Grower Focus as a means to provide peace and prosperity in a region with huge growth potential for the production of high quality Arabica coffees.
Collaboration across the supply chain is key in the DRC.
The reemergence of the specialty coffee industry with gender equality and support for small scale farmers as central strategies for success is proving to be a viable approach for peace in the region.
- Attend the event
- Sponsor or lead a workshop
-Fund travel for Congolese Producers
-Make a commitment to buy coffee from Congolese producers
-Serve on an organizing committee
Thanks to your support, Saveur du Kivu will be able to deepen its impact
across the supply chain in 2017.
Sponsors will receive the following benefits:
Logo placement on t-shirts provided to all supply chain participants
at Saveur du Kivu
Logo and web link placement on all websites associated with the event
until 2018 event
Logo placement in the printed event program
Sponsors thanked individually in Saveur du Kivu Twitter posts
four times leading up to event
Sponsors thanked from the stage at Saveur du Kivu
Sponsors retain right of first refusal to sponsor future events
Sponsors receive exclusive photos and updates on gender equality projects funded via your support
Logistics and Travel Information
Saveur du Kivu: May 23-26, 2017
May 22 and 23- Arrivals
May 23- Producer Group Day (Producers only)
May 24 and 25- Industry Supply Chain Conference
May 26- Farm Visits and Closing Concert
Participants attending the industry supply chain conference/cupping competition, should plan to arrive in Bukavu by May 23rd.
How to get there:
Two principal transportation options for arriving in Bukavu are:
-Flying into Kigali, Rwanda, driving to Goma, DRC and then taking a boat from Goma to Bukavu.
-Flying to Kamembe Airport in Rwanda, which is approximately a 10 minute cab ride from the DRC border at Bukavu.
To receive the invitation letter necessary to request your DRC visa, please send a copy of your passport and the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 10, 2017:
- Name as it appears on passport
- Date of birth
- Current address
- Date and address of passport delivery
- Passport expiration date
- Your professional work
- Marital status
Please note you will need a Yellow Fever vaccination card in order to enter the country.
Information for Saveur du Kivu Attendees
Saveur du Kivu 2017 Attendee Informational Packet Bukavu, DRC- May 23-26 Dear Saveur Attendee, Thank you for joining us at the third annual Saveur Du Kivu! This international event continues to be a wonderful celebration of the reemergence of the DRC’s specialty coffee sector, and one which is increasing in scale and importance every year. To help you complete your final travel planning, we’ve included pertinent details and information below. If you have any additional questions or require additional planning assistance, please let us know. Thank you again for your support of this great international coffee community event. See you in Bukavu!
- Saveur du Kivu Organizing Team
Location, Lodging & Transportation
Consult the CDC website for the Democratic Republic of the Congo prior to travel.
Medical facilities are severely limited. Medicines are in short supply. Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
Use mosquito repellents containing at least 20 percent DEET, and sleep under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis is strongly recommended prior to arriving in the DRC and for the duration of your stay.
Be sure to get a reasonable amount of sleep before your trip so you do not get a tired start.
Please remember that you do not have to attend all planned events. If you are exhausted, you can stay in bed and rest for an afternoon.
The most common afflictions for visitors are mild diarrhea and sunstroke. To prevent diarrhea, drink only purified water and do not eat raw vegetables and fruits unless you have washed or peeled them yourself.
Also, make sure you bring sunscreen to protect yourself, and drink plenty of nonalcoholic beverages during the trip. Municipal tap water is not drinkable unless filtered and treated. It is advised to drink bottled water.
According to the World Health Organization, a small handful of cases of Ebola have been “reported in a remote and hard to reach area and appears to be geographically relatively limited.” Further, “WHO does not recommend any restriction of travel and trade to DRC based on the currently available information.” These isolated cases have occurred more than 1500km from Bukavu, where Saveur du Kivu will be taking place. Our team of international organizers has and continues to closely monitor the situation.
Primary Bukavu Medical Facility: Clinique Saint Luc De Bukavu Avenue des Martrys n2/06 , Commune d’ Ibanda, , Ville De Bukavu , Bukavu Tel:+243 992 120 761
The Saveur du Kivu organizing team has arranged for private security during all events.
Passport and other travel documents Telephone Water in order to sustain you for one day Money and other valuables of Money Currently the exchange rate for Congolese Francs to Dollars is around 1,400CDF to $1USD, however many vendors and businesses exclusively accept printed US currency. We recommend that smaller denominations be carried separately for daily use and exchange purposes. $5, $10, $20 and $50 notes are recommended. $100 bills before 2006 are not accepted therefore smaller denominations are preferred.
A money belt is recommended.
Money can be changed in all the banks as well as on the street. There are ATM machines in town that excepts Visa and Master cards. It is advised to draw money from these machines during daytime only.
Please note the high number of NGOs in the region has led to a spike in the cost of living.
Carry color photocopies of your passport and other identity documents to give to security or police officials.
Avoid walking alone, especially after dark, and displaying cash and valuable personal property.
Be vigilant, particularly on public transportation, in traffic jams, and areas surrounding hotels, supermarkets, restaurants, and nightclubs. • It is best to drive with doors locked and windows closed.
Hanging out of the window taking pictures with a camera or cell phone is a risk.
A small bag that can be grabbed in case of any emergency is essential and must be kept with you at all times. This bag should contain, as a minimum, the following:
Passport and other travel documents
Water in order to sustain you for one day
Money and other valuables
Saveur du Kivu 2016
International Supply Chain Conference, Cupping Competition, and Farm Tours
Saveur du Kivu 2017
Grande célébration de la réémergence du secteur du café de spécialité
de la RDC avec un concours de dégustation, des ateliers sur la chaîne
de valeur du café de la RDC et des visites des champs et plantations
Ceci aura lieu à Bukavu, République démocratique du Congo
Du 23 au 26 mai 2017
A Propos de Saveur du Kivu
A propos de Saveur du Kivu
Saveur du Kivu est une grande célébration de la réémergence du café spécialité en République démocratique du Congo. En tant que concours spécial de dégustation du café et réunion annuelle pour les représentants de la chaîne de valeur internationale, cet événement soutient la construction de l'industrie du café de spécialité en RDC, produisant l’un de meilleurs café Arabica du monde. Le développement de l'industrie du café de spécialité en RDC joue un rôle crucial dans
l'accroissement de la stabilité économique et de la paix dans les hauts plateaux fertiles de l'est du Congo.
Les 23 et 26 mai 2017, le 3e événement annuel Saveur du Kivu se déroulera avec une grande fanfare congolaise et internationale à Bukavu, en RDC. Une compétition de dégustation par des dégustateurs de renommée internationale, des ateliers de chaîne de valeur et un forum de producteurs se déroulera avec des représentants des organisations de producteurs, du gouvernement, d'ONG internationales et des acheteurs internationaux auront pour objectif de soutenir la réémergence d'une industrie durable et pérenne du café de spécialité en République démocratique du Congo.
Les points saillants et forts comprendront:
Voici quelques informations importantes pour vous aider à commencer la
planification de votre voyage.
Se rendre à Bukavu:
Il existe deux principales options de transport pour arriver à Bukavu:
Logistique dans le pays
Tout le transport pendant l'événement sera pré-arrangé, mais les participants sont responsables de leur hôtel, les petits déjeuners et les soupers. Veuillez nous contacter si vous souhaitez obtenir de l'aide pour les logements securissants.
Programme de la Saveur du Kivu:
Les participants qui prendront part à la conférence sur la chaîne de valeur et de l'industrie et à la compétition de dégustation devraient envisager d'arriver à Bukavu d'ici le 23 mai.