DESCRIPTION: Bergamot, dark brown sugar, dried cranberry, cinnamon, and a syrupy body
REGION: Kiniezere, South Kivu
PROCESSING METHOD: Washed and dried on raised beds
ALTITUDE: 1480 - 2100 meters
Few coffee-producing regions showcase as much untapped potential as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country was once known only for its large estates producing high volumes of low-grade robusta, which was often labeled and sold out of neighboring countries without the Congo name. In recent decades, however, the DRC has been slowly moving toward small-holder, specialty grade farms, supported by a variety of investments and co-ops. The results have been astounding, as we have seen with the Muungano co-op.
Muungano has been in operation since 2009, and we’ve been offering their coffee for five years running. Their commitment to quality was evident from the beginning, and has only grown through the years as they have added new equipment and a well-staffed cupping lab to their operations. Beyond coffee quality, the group demonstrates a devotion to the sustainable future we hope coffee can help to usher in for the historically conflict-riddled DRC, a devotion illustrated by their name, which means “togetherness” in Swahili. They back up this commitment in their pursuit of gender justice and ethnic diversity within the co-op.
Like many coffees from the Lake Kivu region, including those from neighboring Rwanda and Burundi, coffees from Muungano are intensely complex, often boasting a rich balance of citrus, stone fruit, and brown sugar with a full-bodied sweetness. This year’s lot is no different. Enjoy!