Congo Mapendo

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It’s been too long, but it’s great to have a Congolese coffee back at Huck! Mapendo is our first coffee from Congo in over five years, and its combination of spicy sweetness and dried fruit flavors make it a perfect coffee for warming up in the winter.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is notorious for being one of the world’s most resource-rich, but poverty-stricken and politically-turbulent countries, and Mighty Peace Coffee is a new venture of passionate coffee folks in DRC and the United States who aim to use coffee as a small engine for progress in Congo's coffeelands. Mighty Peace is a woman- and minority-owned social enterprise, and their team in DRC is headed by Linda Mugaruka, an agronomist and Congo’s first Q-Grader dedicated to elevating coffee quality and coffee prices for farmers in Congo.

Mapendo is a female farmer, quality-focused subgroup of the larger Muungano Cooperative, organized in conjunction with Linda and the team at Mighty Peace. Mighty Peace works with the Mapendo group to improve yields, improve quality, and connect the group to roasters who like paying better prices for tasty coffee. It’s a win-win, and we think the coffee is delicious.
 
This harvest from Mapendo, combined with some careful roasting by the team at Huck, has some serious cozy-up-by-the-fireplace vibes. It’s bright, like our favorite washed African coffees, but that orange-like acidity is a bit mellower, and the subtle citrus is mellowed out with notes of sweet dried fruit and spicy-sweet molasses. This first year we don’t have a ton of this spicy-sweet goodness, but we’re looking forward to sipping this for a few months over winter.
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Pictured: Linda Mugaraka with some of the farmers in the Mighty Peace network.


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