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DR Congo Women’s Coffee Project

$14.95

This medium roast coffee is grown on farms with 20% female growers in the  Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has a lemony acidity, sugary sweetness, and mouthfeel, with molasses, dark chocolate, and caramel notes.

Weight: 16oz

Clear

Fully washed coffee means that the coffee “cherries” are delivered to the washing
stations the day they are harvested. There they are depulped and fermented in open-air
tiled, concrete tanks and later flushed out with water and passing through a water
channel to remove all mucilage on the coffee (in parchment). From there, the coffee is
moved to drying beds (screens or netting) to dry and later prepped for further
processing.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (also known as DRC, but not to be confused with the
neighboring Republic of the Congo) is an interesting origin, just barely on the radar of
specialty coffee. Coffee was introduced by European colonists, who owned and
operated large plantations using local labor to tend to the fields—a history not unlike
that of Kenya, Tanzania, and other colonized African nations. When the DRC achieved
independence from Belgium in 1960, the land was broken up in redistribution schemes,
with each new farmer getting a very small plot of land.

Coffee is grown in most of the country, spread throughout its seven provinces, and is a
significant cash crop, though most of what is grown and exported are either full Robusta
or not specialty-quality. Investment projects and direct-sourcing projects are contributing
to a general increase in profile and availability of better coffees, however, and the next
few years look very hopeful for Congolese coffees.

 

Producers: Solidarité Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Development Intégral
Farm: 5600 farmers, roughly 20% of whom are women
Region: Lake Kivu
Altitude: 1600-1800 masl (meters above sea level)
Varieties: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai
Process: Washed
Roast: Medium Light
Description: Sugary sweetness and mouthfeel, with molasses, dark chocolate, caramel
notes.

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