TASTING NOTES: orange blossom / plum / chocolate
ROAST STYLE: medium
REGION: South Kivu - Congo
WHY WE LOVE THIS COFFE: This is our first time offering coffee from Congo and we are so excited. Mapendo (Swahili for ‘love) is a real treat that makes a lasting impression.
Sweet and fruity with a pretty orange aroma and a nice, silky finish. Mapendo's flavor profile is both unusual and somehow familiar. Something like an Ethiopian, something like a Guatemalan, but also it's own thing entirely.
The story behind the coffee is equally impressive: Mighty Peace Coffee is a social impact importer born out of the Congolese peace movement and includes a team of business leaders, coffee experts, community organizers and human rights defenders.
We love the impact they are having and we love this coffee!
MORE ABOUT THIS COFFEE:
From Mighty Peace: "Conflict has plagued the DRC for decades. Intense competition for control over mining areas led to the proliferation of armed rebel groups in the 90s. In recent years, the Congolese-led international peace movement to end the mineral conflicts has led to a shift: local economies are slowly transitioning from conflict, returning to ethical and sustainable business practices. The DRC'S rich tradition of specialty coffee has been preserved and is now becoming the industry’s best kept ‘secret’.
Mapendo is farmed in 16 separate lots by 4,200 farmers, nearly 40% of which are women. Mapendo farmers produce fully washed coffee that has been certified FTO since 2009. There are 3 washing stations, including one large and two mini washing stations. A fourth station is under construction along with a modern lab for cupping and quality control."