DR of Congo Organic Mapendo South Kivu


DR Congo Organic Mapendo Washed
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Fikiri Charlotte’s life has improved since she started growing coffee––her revenue has allowed her to purchase a goat, build her own house, and buy additional acres to grow more coffee trees. One such coffee she grows is our DR Congo Organic Mapendo––its namesake meaning “love” in Swahili (KiSwahili), the Bantu language that’s spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This washed bean is farmed in 16 lots by over 4,000 farmers, with nearly half the farmers being women. Being Fair Trade Organic certified since 2009 has helped the farm cultivate nutrient-rich soil and other resources that allow their coffee to thrive. Despite over 30 years of conflict in the Congo and the subsequent limit on coffee exports, Fikiri’s business rose above and now experiences a new time of peace.

Cupping Notes: Strawberries, red apple, and honey with intense acidity.

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Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CategoryOrganic
  • CountryCongo
  • Local RegionAfrican Great Lakes
  • ProcessWashed
  • VarietySL-34
  • Altitude (meters)1,480 - 2,000 masl
  • Harvest21/22
  • Organic CertificationYes
  • Fair Trade CertifiedYes
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Brightness:7
  • Body:3
  • Aroma:4
  • Complexity:6
  • Balance:5
  • Sweetness:5
  • Buttery:medium bean
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Winey:light bean

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by on January 12, 2023

Not the flavor profiles I enjoy. It is just okay mixed. Going to try a darker roast and taste. Definitely high acidity.

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by on January 1, 2023

Great earthy coffee!

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by on December 20, 2022

A great complex cup Really enjoying this.

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by on July 22, 2022

Fantastic as espresso! Nothing to criticize here. My wife loves it. I love it, we drink it black. Tasting notes: F# major!

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by on April 23, 2022

This is smooth and clean when roasted at full medium. Has some slight fruit/nutty undertones and could work well in a blend. Need to experiment more but I like that fact that’s it’s organic.

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by on March 5, 2022

This coffee along with all the other Congo coffee this year are unbeatable! Not to mention, coffee purchases from DRC are really helping their economy. This coffee is JUICY—lots of dark berry, very sweet like honey, and not bitter at all when roasting light. This coffee is probably really good to throw into an espresso blend if roasted medium, as it will retain a ton of origin flavor even in a medium roast, and have good body. HOWEVER, new roasters we aware, this beans is very dense and will need to be roasted slower if you are going light, and maybe developed a tad more than normal. Don't worry, it won't taste overdeloped, but it will look closer to a medium roast. CBC PLEASE continue to offer more coffees from the Congo. They are a true organic practiced country for coffee, and they greatly benefit from the trade of coffee. And of course their coffees this year taste absolutely delicious!

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