Grounds for Change

Congo Kivu

Location: Poulsbo, Washington

Origin: Kahale, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $11.35/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2018

Agtron: 45/54

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply rich, sweetly tart. Baker’s chocolate, grapefruit zest, molasses, tea rose, marjoram in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory in structure; plump, velvety mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and dry, but also richly sweet, with notes of chocolate and spice-toned florals.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of Value Coffees for Coffee Review‘s March 2018 tasting report. Produced entirely from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Grounds for Change is a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in sustainable coffee and supporting a wide range of progressive ecological and social programs. The complete carbon footprint (from crop to cup) for this coffee has been offset with tree planting (carbonfund.org). Visit www.groundsforchange.com or call 800-796-6820 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Inviting notes of chocolate and tea rose carry this resonant, sweetly tart, slightly darker-roasted coffee from central Africa.

This review originally appeared in the March, 2018 tasting report: Value Coffees: Searching for the Exceptional at Everyday Prices

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