DR Congo - Kivu
Washed | Top Lot
Tasting Notes: (What is a tasting note?)Strawberry, Chocolate, Caramel
Whole bean coffee
About the Bean:
This is a Kivu coffee from the banks of Lake Kivu and the Nyiragongo Volcano - an active stratovolcano in the Virunga mountain. The altitude, climate and volcanic soil offer an ideal combination for obtaining a uniquely flavored coffee. The Virunga Washing Station focuses on providing training to coffee farmers and access to the international coffee market. Virunga has several agronomists working with coffee producers at the foot of the Nyiragongo volcano. Coffee travels to one of five Virunga washing stations localized in the Butembo area where where it is milled and then trucked to the port of Mombasa, a 2 to 4 day journey across two countries, Uganda and Kenya. The Congo coffee industry was at one point much more prominent, but due to civil war (1998-2003) and continued political instability the industry had all but disappeared. Cooperatives are starting to establish and grow to revitalize the industry and bring back a well-needed source of income to Congolese of North and South Kivu.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo