Single origin lot from the DRC
A medium-bodied, vibrant African coffee to transition into winter
Coffee was introduced to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by European colonists who owned large plantations throughout African colonies. In the 1960s, when the DRC gained independence, the land was divided into small plots. Despite a long history, coffee from the DRC is rare to see on offering lists due to many factors: the prevalence of the Robusta coffee economy, lack of infrastructure and resources making it difficult to maintain consistency, growers smuggling their coffee to nearby Rwanda and Uganda for higher prices, and lastly due to civil wars creating political and economic instability.
Since establishing peace in 2002, coffee production has risen, and the government launched a recovery program for the coffee sector in 2012. Once you enjoy a DRC coffee you know how truly remarkable and distinct the experience can be. High elevations around Lake Kivu and in the Ituri region are where specialty Arabica coffee is grown. The ideal climate and rich volcanic soil help Congolese coffee achieve its versatility in cup profile. The coffee is medium-bodied, and drinkers will experience fruit-forward flavors ranging from stone fruit, melon, cherry to creamy notes of white chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnuts.
Mighty Peace was established in 2018 as social justice model coffee company. The goal is to make a name for Congolese coffee, focus on living wages for producers as well as train in biodiversity and organic regenerative farming practices. Their Mapendo coffee is produced by 4,200 farmers with over 40% of the community being women producers. They process 16 different lots at three community washing stations. This DRC coffee delivers prominent notes of nectarine, lemon candy, and caramel. To brew, start with a 1:16 brew ratio, filtered water at 208-210℉, a medium-coarse grind, and a 3-3.5-minute brew cycle.