Fruity & Dynamic
Notes of Tangerine, Red Currant & Spice
Deeply fragrant, nuanced aromatics of tangerine spice give way to a deep blackberry syrup sweetness with a bright aftertaste.
For every pound of Project Congo Muungano sold, we donate $1 to On the Ground's Project Congo for gender equity and the expansion of the role of women in regional coffee production.
2/3 Washed Process, 1/3 Natural Process
May 2020-July 2020
Kalihi, South Kivu
About Muungano Cooperative
"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 were divided by war, their region destabilized and their families torn apart. In 2009, the 350 founding members of Muungano committed to weaving these communities back together and investing in their collective future. In the following decade, the cooperative has grown to over 4300 member-farmers, nearly half of them women. Empowered by their trade, these women are paving the way in a society plagued by gender inequality and violence.
Set against the backdrop of Lake Kivu, the region’s nutrient-rich, volcanic soil and high altitudes are ideal for growing top-grade specialty coffee. The cooperative has invested in coffee nurseries and micro-washing stations, and in 2013, they built a coffee cupping laboratory, greatly aiding in quality control. Certified organic in 2017, Muungano recognizes the intimate connection between their cultivation practices and well-being of their community and have always tended their farms naturally using homemade compost and mulch.
Project Congo is a part of our continued collaboration with On The Ground, a non-profit working on community development projects in coffee growing regions. Through our Project Congo initiative, we are able to donate $1 for every pound sold of this exceptional Congolese coffee to promote, support, and raise awareness of gender equality in the farming regions of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
This year's Project Congo is the first time in our history to blend two processing methods in one single origin release. The combination of two-thirds washed and one-third natural process adds sweetness and dynamic red fruit qualities while still retaining the crisp and tenacious acidity that you would expect from our Congo releases in previous years."
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