A vibrant cup layered with notes of white grape, vanilla, and grapefruit.
Coffee production in the Democratic Republic of Congo thrived in the early 1990s, but then declined due to political and economic stability. Back in 2012, we were one of the first specialty roasters to serve Congolese coffee in North America. Sadly, our relationship after 2014 broke down due to a lack of supply chain support to continue to bring those coffees on. Since then, we've sought out building a sustainable relationship partner to bring coffee from the Congo back again.
Enter Mighty Peace Coffee and the Mapendo cooperative! They've taught us a lot more about the reality of specialty coffee in DRC. Mapendo, Swahili for “love,” is farmed by a cooperative whose membership is nearly 40% women. Many of the women that produced Mapendo are widows as a result of the conflicts that have destabilized parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gender justice is one of their key pillars and they work with organizations such as OXFAM to implement Gender Action Learning Systems. These systems comprise role playing and visual tools to help farmers plan their lives and sustainable livelihoods.
This coffee represents our shared commitment to sustainability, equity, and innovation.
Mapendo is one of 4 washing stations where coffee is processed at. Grown in the South Kivu region between 1,480-2,000 meters above sea level of the famous Kenya variety, SL-34 and processed using the washed method.