Kalungu-Birambo starts off with the spiced sweetness of traditional cola which then develops into dark chocolate and toffee as it cools. The acidity pushes forward as you continue to sip, bringing forth a bright fruitiness that reminds us of cherry limeade. This coffee is very complex, but wrapped up in a comforting richness. It is the perfect coffee to enjoy in the golden sunrise as Spring quickly leads us into the warmer days of Summer.
|Flavor Notes:||Cola / English Toffee / Cherry Limeade
|Producers:||90 smallholder members of SOPACDI|
|Region:||Birambo Village, South-Kivu Province|
|Varieties:||Blue Mountain, Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Kabare 2|
Kalungu-Birambo is a 90 member washing station within the SOPACDI cooperative network, located in Southern Kivu. The cooperative represents 5,600 members, of which roughly 20 percent are women. Most members have a very small plot dedicated to coffee, each averaging under 2 hectares. The cooperative was founded when Joachim Munganga, himself a coffee farmer, restored a washing station providing service and market access to the growers in these extremely remote highlands. Before this, most farmers bartered their coffee on the local market for food and necessities.
The cooperative was the first to achieve Fair Trade certification in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is now also organically certified. The group represents several ethnic groups with three different languages spoken between them. Many of the women members are widows. Each member is paid directly for their delivery based on volume.
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