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Kivu DR Congo

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Our Kivu DR Congo is producted by SOPACDI, an organization of nearly 5,600 smallholder farmers near Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Joachim Munganga, a farmer himself, founded SOPACDI in 2003 by restoring the washing station in the area. In doing so, he provided service and market access to the growers in these extremely remote highlands. Before, farmers had little to no means to transport coffee to the market and instead were forced to simply barter their coffee locally for food, clothing and necessitites. The cooperative was the first to achieve Fair Trade certification in DR Congo and it is also an organic certified coffee. Members of the cooperative represent several different ethnic groups, speaking Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, and Kihavu. Many of the women members (who make up 20% of SOPACDI), are widows. 

Coffee Review

94 pts      Aroma: 9     Acidity: 9  Body: 9    Flavor: 9    Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment: High-toned, balanced, crisply sweet. Apricot, tangerine zest, dark chocolate, honey, rhododendron in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with juicy, bright acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. The rich finish is centered around notes of dark chocolate and tangerine zest, with vanilla-toned florals.

The Bottom Line: A richly sweet, elegantly composed Bourbon cup from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; multi-layered and deeply engaging.

Review by Kenneth Davids, Coffee Review, Jan 2019. Review at Coffee Review.

Kivu DR Congo

Aroma and Flavor notes: 
Apricot. Tropical Fruit. Toffee.
North Kivu
SOPACDI Association
Growing elevation: 
1460-2000 Meters
Washed. Sun-dried on Raised Beds.
Fair Trade, Certified Organic

Weight: 12 oz