Organic DR Congo Muungano (Women Producer Lot)
**All local pick up orders will remain available for 30 days. After 30 days they will be donated to a local charity due to storage space.**
The Democratic Republic of Congo doesn't get a lot of air time when we talk about specialty coffee. This has to do with the political turmoil the country has faced over the years, but also due to the fact that the majority of coffee production in Congo is robusta, and not arabica. This is unfortunate, as Congo borders Lake Kivu and reaches high altitudes just the same as Rwanda and Burundi- who are regularly celebrated for producing high quality specialty coffee.
Muungano is a cooperative in south Kivu that was founded to bring coffee producers together to combine their efforts and support each other. Muungano means "togetherness" in Swahili. In the words of their president, Daniel: 'Cooperative Agricultural Muungano is about quality, respecting women, and the development of its members through coffee". They live up to that statement thoroughly, and this latest effort is evidence of that.
This is a separation of women producers from the cooperative who achieve incredible quality. The women who contribute to this lot get extra premiums along with access to support and resources that are critical in a country that still doesn't regularly allow women to own land or participate in governance.
The flavor of the coffee is every bit of what we have come to expect in east African coffee, we taste delicious dried fruit, like golden raisin, with the acidity of kiwi- dynamic, but much softer than citrus, along with a rustic sweetness that has layers of complexity. We seldom get a coffee that hits the bright and sweet categories in such a balanced way, you won't want to miss this one.
In the Cup
Golden Raisin, Citrus, Rustic Sweetness
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