D. R. Congo, Katanda Yellow mill, Isale, fully washed process
Black cherry, red grape, molasses
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a land of enormous potential, and also some real difficulties. We've known of the coffee-producing regions in the far east of the country, and the export company from whom this coffee comes via (Virunga Coffee), for several years, and so we're delighted to be able to bring it to you. It comes from a diamond of a mill, called Katanda Yellow, from the region of Isale, between the cities of Butembo, and Beni.
All the requirements are in place in the DRC for amazing specialty coffee. Perfect terrain, verdant green hills, plenty of rainfall, deep fertile soils, great varietals like this Red Bourbon, and plentiful sunshine. What has been missing is the infrastructure and the political stability for this to flourish. These are early days, but despite the ongoing troubles in the North Kivu region, amazing coffee like this is able to be exported. It's grown by 347 farmers, who will have about 0.2 - 0.4 of a hectare each, at an altitude of 1520 - 1780 metres. It's processed by the fully washed method, at the Katanda mill, and then sent to Butembo for dry milling and packing ready for export.
There's a wonderful jammy-ness to this coffee, whatever the brew method. In espresso, there's a big hit of black cherry and a sticky molasses-like sweetness. In filter and cafetière, there's also a lovely red grape acidity and vibrancy to it, with the fruitiness coming to the fore. We only have a small amount of this coffee , so it wonlt hang around long, but we're real excited to bring this yellow diamond to light.