ALTITUDE: 1,200 - 1,400 m
VARIETIES: Blue Mountain, Bourbon
PROCESSING: Washed and patio dried
Q-GRADE: 84 Points
CUP: Sweet Acidity / Medium to Full Body
FLAVOR: Balanced flavor with notes of raspberry, blueberry, and dark chocolate
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COFFEE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
The Democratic Republic of Congo is starting to make a name for itself as one of the more quality African coffee exporters. To most, this producer has flown under the radar as people traditionally flock towards the more popular and heavy hitting African coffees such as Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. But we think Congolese coffee has merits of its own and is worth a try for those looking for a new cup of coffee.
Like the Rwanda Isimbi, this coffee is also grown near the shores of beautiful Lake Kivu (which straddles the border of the D.R. of Congo and Rwanda) but on the opposite / east side of the lake where volcanic soils, moisture from the lake, and a high elevation create a unique environment for coffee production, where bourbon varieties thrive.
In the past, the D.R. Congo has been criticized as lacking consistency in its origins, which is largely due to civil strife and conflict which created hurdles for quality control. In recent years the conflict has dissipated and coffee exportation has become more dependable and improved.
This organic coffee has a full body, strong acidity, with notes of dark chocolate, raspberries and blueberries, and a distinguished profile, different to many coffees we have tried. For those who don’t enjoy acidic coffees, this may not be for you, but for those who do, you may have a friend in the Congo Kivu.