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Congo coffee returns to 1700 Starbucks locations!
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Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your continued support of ECI! As you know, one of the critical components of our work is to provide resources and opportunities for poor smallholder farmers to increase their incomes by connecting them to sustainable private sector markets.  We are proud to say that this work is paying off! 

This summer Starbucks Coffee released its Starbucks Reserve® D.R. Congo Kawa Kabuya to 1700 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Also, Starbucks featured Congolese coffee in a new specialty beverage – Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist (wow!) – exclusively available at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle.  

We are honored to participate in the Congolese coffee value chain and incredibly grateful to Starbucks – along with Falcon Coffees and others – for bringing Congo's world-class coffee to the world. 

ECI isn't done investing in and supporting Congolese coffee farmers. Next month, in partnership with Elan RDC, we will release our Congo Coffee Atlas. This innovative atlas will provide critical information in an easily digestible format, and serve as a resource for anyone interested in supporting Congolese coffee, whether they are a buyer interested in Congolese coffee or a socially conscious consumer. 

Dane Erickson
Managing Director, ECI
More this month from ECI
By Heidi Peiper / Starbucks Newsroom
Starbucks – working with the Eastern Congo Initiative to rebuild the country’s coffee industry – purchased its first crop from Congo in late 2014 and has since continued to buy coffee beans from the region...This summer Starbucks is also offering its fourth Congo coffee, Starbucks Reserve® D.R. Congo Kawa Kabuya, available online and at 1,700 Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada, while supplies last.
Check out this fascinating piece on the future of Congolese coffee from the New York Times. At ECI we are beyond excited to see the world embracing and paying attention to the world-class coffee being produced in Congo. From Saveur Du Kivu to your local coffee shop, the Congolese coffee sector is making incredible progress. 
At ECI, we believe a robust and stable civil society is the bedrock of social and economic progress. In practice that means we support a wide range of Congolese organizations providing essential services to the citizens of Congo. From social justice to education to journalism, here are just a few of our brave and hardworking partners making real progress on the ground.
Seattle's Theo Chocolate currently sources 70% of their cocoa from the DRC – an extraordinary achievement made possible through Theo's commitment to ethical practices and their partnership with ECI. In this interview with Farm to Table Talk, Emily Benson talks about the challenges and triumphs of Theo's work in the DRC and how ethical sourcing is a core component of Theo's business strategy. 
It takes & means “The World” to get to Q: My Q Journey – Dunia Muhindo
Meet Dunia!  With help from ECI, she has become the first certified Q Coffee Grader from the DRC!

 

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