Congo Umoja

$17.00

hibiscus, pomegranate, golden raisin

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This coffee comes to us from a new-to-Joe sourcing partner: Mighty Peace Coffee, a social impact coffee company born out of the Congolese peace movement by an international team of business leaders, coffee experts and innovators, community organizers and human rights defenders. It’s Mighty Peace Coffee’s belief that coffee has the potential to play an important role in bringing peace and prosperity to society in a post-conflict time, with the growth of specialty coffee providing community-directed paths from poverty and violence to stability and growth.

Umoja means “solidarity” in Swahili, a name carefully chosen to represent the solidarity Mighty Peace aims to build across the supply stream from farmers to consumers. This lot of washed Bourbon is grown by a cooperative of smallholder farmers in the Kivus of eastern Congo and features complex tropical fruit and floral flavors—hibiscus, pomegranate—embedded in sturdy structures of brown sweetness—molasses, brown sugar, and golden raisin. With great awe for the work of Congolese coffee farmers against enormous odds in dangerous conditions, we are proud to be able to offer the Umoja coffee to our community.

  • Type

    Single Origin
  • Origin

    South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Producer

    11,600 Smallholder Farmers
  • Type

    Bourbon
  • Elevation

    1,480-2,000 MASL
  • Process

    Washed

The Story

Across the mountains from the Congo’s riverhead region, the Umoja coffee is grown in South Kivu, a province extending west from the shore of Lake Kivu on the border between the DRC and Rwanda. Here, 11,600 mostly small farmers form a cooperative called Solidarité Paysanne Pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Développement Intégral, harvesting coffee cherries from February to June and September to December.

Map of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Cherries are washed, depulped, sorted for density, and bulk fermented for 36 hours. The coffee is then dried for 40 hours on raised beds before being milled on site at the coop, and taken by truck through Rwanda for export at ports in either Kenya or Tanzania.
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