Sweet Cherry / Peach Pie / Jasmine Sencha
Lake Kivu, Eastern Congo
1460 – 2000 meters
The climate and geography of Eastern Congo are a dream for growing coffee. However, to live in Congo is truly a nightmare.
Lake Kivu comes to us from the over 5,600 members of the Sopacdi cooperative, on the shores of Lake Kivu. Most of these farmers have recently returned to their homes after being driven away by the rebel troops spilling over from Rwanda. Over twenty percent of the cooperative’s membership are women. Many are widows whose husbands died trying to smuggle their coffee into Rwanda while the Conogolese market was virtually non-existent. They live in small, remote villages in the mountainous highlands surrounding Lake Kivu. The cooperative is headquartered in the village of Minova, where they just completed building the first coffee washing-station in Congo in over forty years. Additionally, this is the first coffee from DR Congo to acheive the top national grade - Kivu 2 - since 1967.
Lake Kivu’s first sip springs forward with tones of fresh cherry, developing into notes of fresh-cut flowers, clementine, peach, and buttery pie crust. As the cup cools, the floral tones open up into earthy green tea acting as a nice foundation for the brighter, sweet fruit we see in the forefront. This coffee is very juicy, turning into a slightly dry effervescent mouth-feel in the finish which reminded us of Bottle Cap candies. It is the perfect coffee to greet the oncoming summer sunshine.