WHY WE LOVE IT: A perennial favorite with rich spice and stone fruit characteristics.
DESCRIPTION: nectarine, fig, molasses, sweet spice
REGION: South Kivu
ALTITUDE: 1,480 - 2,000m
Since 2009, the Muungano cooperative has promoted equality for their farmers and quality for their coffee. Muungano is the Swahili word for “togetherness” and the Muungano cooperative lives up to their name. Consisting of 4,400 smallholder members, nearly half of whom are women, the cooperative brings women and men from all different ethnic backgrounds together to produce delightful coffee in a country that is relatively new to specialty coffee.
For many years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo almost exclusively produced low-quality Robusta which was often taken to neighboring countries to be processed and exported without the DRC name. This led to a cycle of large estates producing massive amounts of coffee that they could sell in bulk with no regard for quality. In recent decades, however, smallholder farmers and cooperatives like Muungano have built the DRC into a thriving origin for specialty coffee.
Like its neighbors in the Lake Kivu region, Rwanda and Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo produces rich and complex coffees known for its spice notes and deep, sweet flavors like brown sugar and molasses. This is our sixth year offering a lot from the Muungano Cooperative and it continues to live up to and exceed our expectations, with this year’s crop featuring a vibrant, stone fruit sweetness.