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Kongo Coffee Ltd. is a locally owned coffee export company based primarily in Simbu province. Simbu is Papua New Guinea’s third largest coffee producing province. Kongo have been in operation since before the turn of the millennium and provides services to the smallholder coffee producers. The company is involved in coffee buying, processing, roasting and exporting, and has diversified in to transport services, coffee shops and even equipment sales.
Exportation of their coffee commenced in 1999, and the experienced team can produce up to 7200 tonnes of green coffee per year. This is around 10% of the country’s annual coffee production. With this volume, the mill has grown to include new processing lines imported from Pinhalense, in Brazil. This has made the mill the largest and most advanced in the country, and ensured a reputation for quality and reliability overseas.
Roasting operations commenced in 2004 and had grown to use two 25 kg roasters before requiring a full reinvestment and new roasting facility covering a 50kg Diedrich roast and pack line.
Fundamental to Kongo Coffee business practices is to be involved in community and social activities related to improving the lives of all contributing smallholders and their families.
Over the years Kongo have been supporting several schools across the Simbu province. This includes funding for building development, resources, and school fee scholarships. In 2012, an Elementary school was officially named “Jerry Kapka Elementary School” is honour of our company’s support for schools and education in the community.
The company is the sole & major sponsor of the Simbu Warriors Rugby team in the PNGNRL competition (Bemobile Cup). This project is important to support both PNG youths and Simbu province.
Other projects included bringing television broadcast to their villages and paying to install one complete system in a village in remote Gumine, south Simbu. Actively supporting activities involving food production and planting within communities is also important. Most commonly, these are crops including oranges and rice and potato trainings and production.
A community centre for their village was built, with Kongo sponsoring an annual gathering of community leaders to discuss various matters of concern for several years. This community centre has become a very important place for community gatherings of all sorts.