A delicious Congolese coffee! This cup is full of chocolaty spice and soft stone fruit tones like white peach, mild acidity and a creamy body.
Ripe cherries are delivered to the washing station for sorting and flotation to select only the ripest for processing. The cherries are de-pulped, fermented for 18-24 hours and then washed in clean water grading channels.
Once thoroughly washed the parchment coffee is dried in the sun on raised beds for 12-18 days, depending on climatic conditions.
In the daytime the parchment is raked and turned periodically. The coffee is also covered in the middle of the day to protect it from the hot sun, and at night to protect it from rainfall and condensation. Once the coffee has dried to the right level it is transported to Butembo for dry-milling, grading, sorting and handpicking (triage), before being bagged for export.
This coffee comes from the northern Kivu area of Isale and is made up of coffees from three different Congo coffee processing sites under a privately ran coffee project called Virunga Coffee; Kahondo, Katanda and Mutendero.
The subregion of Isale is located just north of the regional capital of Butembo, on the outskirts of the Virunga National Park. The region has excellent conditions for speciality arabica production with plentiful rainfall, high altitude and highly fertile volcanic soils. The region is also very poverty-stricken and has had a severe lack of infrastructure which has made high quality arabica both difficult to produce and very challenging to export. Virunga Coffee Company has sought to overcome many of these problems through hands-on farmer education and investment in local infrastructure such as roads and bridges. This has allowed quality improvements every season and, in turn, higher premiums for farmers.
Isale - Democratic Republic of Congo Single Origin Coffee
Contents: Freshly Roasted Whole Bean Coffee
Grower: Smallholder coffee farmers
Region: Isale, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Elevation/Altitude: 1500 - 1800masl
Plant Species: Arabica
Variety/Cultivars: Bourbon, Blue Mountain, Typica
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