November 09, 2022
The return of an old favourite
An oldie but a goodie — this single origin is a re-release of a favourite from a few years back, the Congo Lake Kivu.
This sweet little brew has been out in the wild, on shelves and served at your local for a little while now, but we thought it was about time we told you more about this fruit-forward drop.
Grown between Lake Kivu and the mountain range of Mitumba in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the SOPACDI (Solidarite Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Cafe et Developpement Integral) cooperative boasts over 12,000 smallholder farmer members — 4,000 of which are female.
Civil war and poverty in the region has widowed many of the female members, but with the support of partners, SOPACDI has vastly improved their rights. Many men have awarded shares of their coffee plantations to their wives so that women can be considered members of the cooperative on their own, resulting in financial independence.
SOPACDI also integrates women into each arm of the cooperative, leading to significant changes to the socio-economic conditions of the community. More than 30% of the board of directors are women.
Promoting gender equality is just one part of the cooperative's mission. They also create employment opportunities for the youth in the region and members of indigenous tribes.
This sweet, medium-bodied coffee has a blackberry acidity, silky mouthfeel, and a long treacle aftertaste, with notes of apricot, raisin and black tea. We think it's best enjoyed as a pour-over or on a Clever Dripper.
Get it before it’s gone (again), you'll find a bag here.
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