From the roaster:
Muungano was founded in 2009 along the Western shores of Lake Kivu. The lake forms part of the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. With over 4,400 smallholder farmers and nearly half of them women, one of the main goals of Muungano is gender equality. With progressive social goals in mind, Muungano leadership planned on using progressive coffee quality systems to achieve them.
In the last ten years, Muungano has installed two new washing stations, a cupping lab, and have a trained roaster and cupper on staff. By centralizing their own quality control feedback loop, the group has been able to directly trace farming and processing techniques to cup quality. This is important, as the nearest town, Goma, is a three hour drive up a long, dirt road.
Muungano is dead set on creating a better future for all of its farmer members. In 2017, the organization worked hard to achieve Certified Organic status, and they’ve also recently branched out into experimental processing after early success in 2018. All of these efforts help open up their ability to sell specialty coffee to new markets.
Ultimately, though, it’s the cup quality that stands out. This coffee from Muungano has deep, rich, dark fruit qualities that showcase a tangy acidity alongside a syrupy body. We’re thrilled that our first coffee from the DRC is this release from the Muungano co-operative, and we can’t wait to work with them in the future.
12 oz / 340 g. whole bean.