Congo - Natural SO

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Sourced: Organically grown Single Origin bean.

This naturally processed coffee brings a diverse flavor profile with a nice chocolate aroma and soft fruit tones. Medium roasted to bring out the flavor complexity and dampens the acidity. 

A note on sourcing 

This coffee is sourced from certified organic family owned farms organized by the Virunga Coffee Company, an Olam operation that operates 7 washing stations in Kivu a coffee region on the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo and on the outskirts of the Virunga National Park.

THE REGION
Hutwe village is located in the Kirumba region of Nord-Kivu (North of Lake Kivu), on the edge of Virunga National Park, bordered by Uganda to the east. The region has excellent conditions for coffee production with plentiful rainfall, high altitude and highly fertile volcanic soils. The region is also very poverty-stricken and has had a severe lack of infrastructure which has made high quality coffee beans both difficult to produce and very challenging to export. Virunga Coffee Company has sought to overcome many of these problems through hands-on farmer education and investment in local infrastructure such as roads and bridges. This has allowed quality improvements every season and, in turn, higher premiums for farmers.

IMPACT
As well as providing a stable supply chain and specialty market access, this coffee production is supporting a number of sustainability and social programs in farming communities. These include an extensive tree planting program, disease prevention outreach to tackle critical diseases such as Ebola and HIV, and equipment to help farmers improve their agronomic practices.