Congo Muungano - Kickapoo Coffee
Kickapoo Coffee - Congo Muungano
Notes of Floral, Blackberry & Spice
Thick, heavy body with blackberry and florality.
FOR EVERY POUND OF PROJECT CONGO MUUNGANO SOLD, WE DONATE $1 TO ON THE GROUND'S PROJECT CONGO FOR GENDER EQUITY AND EXPANDING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN REGIONAL COFFEE PRODUCTION.
Altitude: 1500-2000 meters
Process: Wet Fermentation, Soak, 14 Day Raised Bed Drying
Harvest: February 2016 - June 2016
Region: Kalihi, Southern Kivu
In Swahili, Muungano means "togetherness," and it is a guiding principle for the farmers of the Muungano Coffee Cooperative. For many years, the people of eastern Congo -- Bahunde, Bahavu, Bashi, Batembo, and Rwandan Congolese -- were divided by war but, through Muungano, they are once again working as one to create a brighter future for their people. The cooperative has grown from 350 founding members in 2009 to more than 4,300 members in 2017, with many more farmers committed to joining.
Muungano's farmers have the perfect conditions to produce top-grade specialty coffee and are wholly committed to fulfilling that potential. They've invested in coffee nurseries, micro-washing stations and in 2013, they built a coffee cupping laboratory, which will aid in quality control from seed to green bean. Farmers tend their land naturally, using homemade compost and mulch. With coffee plants growing among homes in their villages, they see the importance of the industry to the local environment as well as to the health of their citizens. Farmers are also taking measures to combat the risk of landslides in heavy rain by planting trees with deep roots to strengthen the soil structure.
This is among the best, if not the best, Congolese coffee we've tasted. We're elated to be working with Muungano.