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ABOUT THE COFFEE:
Cupping notes: Clean and balanced with good fruit notes, blueberry, strawberry, chocolate, caramel, deep and rich finish.
Cultivation: Mountain-grown in East DR Congo, the banks of Lake Kivu and the Nyiragongo Volcano, across from Rwanda
Altitude: 4,800-6,500 feet
Preparation: Fully washed, sun-dried
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO GROW IT: Climate and geography of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are ideal for high quality coffee. Infrastructure and trade, however, have been in decline since the 1960s and were nearly destroyed in the years following the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Ongoing violence caused many farmers to flee, abandoning homes and coffee plantations. While instability remains, many farmers are rebuilding their lives through agriculture. Sound coffee production shows potential to provide farmers and communities with sustainable livelihoods. Cooperatives are starting to be established to further revitalize the industry and bring back a well-needed source of income to Congolese of North and South Kivu.
This coffee is from the banks of Lake Kivu and the Nyiragongo Volcano - an active stratovolcano in the Virunga mountain. The altitude, climate and volcanic soil offer an ideal combination for obtaining a uniquely flavored coffee. The Virunga Washing Station focuses on providing training to coffee farmers and access to the international coffee market. Virunga has several agronomists working with coffee producers at the foot of the Nyiragongo volcano. Coffee travels to the Virunga washing station where where it is milled and then trucked to the port of Mombasa, a 2 to 4 day journey across two countries, Uganda and Kenya.
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