Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Most Dangerous Cup of Coffee in the World

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo is a country located in Central Africa.
In 2015, the country ranked 20th in the world in the production of coffee beans, and accounts for one of every cup of coffee in the United Sates. 
But we have to mentioned that the country is politically unstable with Joseph Kabila as president who has been governing since 2001 after his father Laurent-Desire kabila was murdered.
The main regions where the coffee is produced are also the most dangerous regions in the country. 
This situation is a clear explanation of possible challenges in doing business in developing countries.
The country has potentials (natural resources such as  for foreign investment and business, but is the risk of doing business is worthy?
Despite the risk, US big firm such as Starbucks are highly invested in the coffee business in the country. 
"Small coffee roasters across the U.S. and Europe are forming partnerships with middlemen in Congo who can help open doors with small-scale farmers"

Work cited

Image from
The worldfactbook: republic of congo


  1. There will obviously be some ethical issues when doing business in a country such as The Democratic Republic of Congo. On one hand you have some of the most exquisite coffee beans on the planet. In the other, you have some of most dangerous militia. In order to do business in a country laden with political/socio-economic issues, someone has to be paid along the way for safe passage. Will companies such as Starbucks be able to keep their clean image which dealing with such an environment?

  2. I do not thing such companies can keep and should keep their clean image. but the sad part is that everybody condones on such issues. we all know the work environment in China but who has done anything?

  3. I think that starbucks being as high and mighty and ethical, so they want us to think should start buying there Blood coffee beans from less controversial area than the congo. If the us has but trade embargoes on Tin Tungsten Gold from the congo it should do the same for there coffee beans. mining labor and agriculture labor are very similar in corruption in this area.