COFFEE OF THE MONTH

Congo – “Misty Mountain”.

Processing: Fully washed Until relatively recently, coffee in this North Easterly region in the DRC had no local markets and was often smuggled across Lake Kivu or simply bartered for food and other essentials. Though it had a history of producing good quality washed arabicas, much of this infrastructure had been disrupted by decades of political instability. Twelve years ago a group of small producers came to gether, inspired by the newly formed specialty coffee co-operatives in neighbouring Rwanda and made plans to do the same. In 2008 they found their first specialty coffee buyer and since then things have gone from strength to strength. Recently they have achieved Fairtrade and Organic certification alongside delivering valuable education on agronomy to local producers and investing in new washing stations. Rather like the Great Silver-back gorilla’s found in the area , this coffee is a dominant force. Bold and powerful, yet gentle and calming. This coffee explodes with wild blackberry, blueberry and milk chocolate notes – yet the gentle acidity, and underlying smooth body create an incredibly silky finish..s.

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