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Nespresso launched “KAHAWA ya CONGO,” the newest and first USDA-certified organic coffee within Reviving Origins, the company’s global farming communities program.
“Working with farmers to help cultivate and nurture sustainable coffee farms has been the heart of our business for over 30 years, with a goal to truly realize the transformative power of coffee and deliver the highest quality coffee to consumers across the globe,” says Alfonso Gonzalez Loeschen, CEO of Nespresso North America. “Through our Reviving Origins program, we are inviting the Nespresso community to participate with us and see the direct impact—whether it be donating trees in Puerto Rico, building wet mills in Uganda or providing technical training and access to agronomists. We’re proud of our program, the work and the long-term positive impact for farmers and their communities.”
This rare USDA-certified organic coffee is available exclusively to U.S. consumers and comes from rain-rich volcanic soils along the shore of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to Nespresso, “nearly 95% of households in the region are experiencing financial deprivation due to healthcare challenges and 45% of households do not have access to clean water.”
Alongside Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), TechnoServe, and Olam (with Virunga Coffee Company), Nespresso is working to provide clean water and health services to coffee-growing families as well.