Rising Star Coffee Roasters // D.R. Congo Kawa Kabuya
This coffee comes from the Kawa Kabuya Cooperative located outside of the city of Butembo in North Kivu. Kawa Kabuya Cooperative is part of a larger network of 4 cooperatives made up of around 4,800 farmer members total: Kawa Kabuya, Kawa Kanzururu, Kawa Mabera, and Kawa Kenja. The Kawa Kabuya Cooperative itself is comprised of as many as 20 participating micro mills where the coffee is wet milled before moving to the CAFEKIT dry mill in Butembo. Kawa Kabuya and the other affiliated cooperatives are a product of relationships between local farmers and international NGO’s who’s main goal is to improve farmer livelihood. By increasing the amount of specialty grade coffee produced for these lots, the cooperative is aiming to have doubled member incomes this year.*
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Congo Kawa Kabuya, from Rising Star Coffee Roasters in Cleveland, Ohio, courtesy of Craft Coffee. Feel free to pull up a chair.
region: North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Kawa Kabuya Cooperative
elevation: 1500 – 1800 meters above sea level
cultivars: Kairo, Maragogype
process: fully washed, patio dried
A very cool unique cup of coffee – a little fuller bodied and very smooth. A little brightness to it but nothing like its more acidic African cousins – the cup puts forth a real nice caramel, smokey sweet tone with maybe just a little hint of light fruit in the acidity. Very clean cup even at the light roast points – we have never actually seen a Congo coffee this clean before – seems the Congo is finally turning its coffee into a premium offering.
*content courtesy of Burman Coffee
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