Bright & Lively
Notes of Blackberry, Red Wine & Spice
Bright tangerine citrus acidity is balanced with intense stone fruit sweetness. Layered flavors of plum and spice linger in the after taste.
For every pound of Organic Congo Kiluku sold, we donate $1.00 to On the Ground's Project Congo.
Dry Fermentation, Washed, Raised Bed Drying
May 2016 - June 2016
About Congo Kiluku
Each year, we highlight a stand out coffee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and donate $1 of every pound sold to On the Ground's Project Congo, a program that works to promote gender equality in the Congo. This year, our Project Congo is an exceptional coffee from the Kiluku region, purchased from the SOPACDI Cooperative.
SOPACDI’s growth in recent years is a sign that the painstaking efforts to rebuild the DRC’s Coffee economy is working. For years, armed conflict in the DRC has made coffee production very difficult, despite the country's natural favorable climate for growing specialty coffee. In years past, much of the coffee trade has deteriorated and gone partly underground as farmers smuggled coffee across Lake Kivu in boats to sell in Rwanda for a better price. This trip is dangerous and many lost their lives in the pursuit. SOPACDI has helped to strengthen the Congolese coffee economy by organizing farmers, providing resources for improving quality and efficiency, as well as partnering with NGOs like Twin Trading to give its members access to international specialty markets. Since its inception in 2002, SOPACDI has grown to more than 5,200 members divided into 10 primary societies.
Over the past few years, we have traveled to the DRC and tasted coffees from several regions of this sprawling cooperative. We've identified coffees coming from the community of Kiluku as some of the best in the country. We keep coffee from this region separate from the main lots SOPACDI offers to be able to highlight the unique characteristics of coffee from this region. Enjoy this taste of what Congolese coffees have to offer and feel good knowing that with each pound, a dollar is being donated to On the Ground's efforts to reinvest in the next generation of Congolese coffee farmers.
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