How It Tastes
Fresh and extra lively of flavor with a great rock candy sweetness. Purely delivered fruit, like fresh strawberry-rhubarb compote. The luscious sweetness and lovely tartness of fresh cranberries, juicy and alive and tasty. That, plus the characteristic extra floral dimension of an African coffee grown at this altitude, makes it just beautiful.
Coffee trees love Congo’s altitude and full equatorial sun, but always want it to be filtered in some way. Shade from bananas and other canopy trees lengthen maturation, and Congo Muungano is what you want to get out of it: a densely flavored, pure fruity and floral coffee. The Great Rift Valley is the birthplace of the finer species of coffee; it’s where Arabica wants to grow. In the Congo we’re seeing a renaissance, reflected by programs like the Gender Action Learning System (GALS), which helps the Muungano Women’s Cooperative plan for a future in a land where hand-to-mouth is sometimes the reality. There’s a clarity of hope here to parallel the clarity of flavor.
Muungano means “togetherness” in Swahili, and it’s clear that the members of the Muungano Women’s Cooperative have banded together to produce delicious coffee and a strong community within an isolated region of a country wrought with challenge.