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Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

FTO Congo Sopacdi Cooperative

Location: Floyd, Virginia

Origin: Kalehe, Southern Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $13.49/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2015

Agtron: 62/88

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Very sweet, delicately pungent. Red currant, spicy rose, fresh-cut cedar, vanilla in aroma and cup. Lightly bright, gently lively acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The spicy rose and red currant carry into a crisply sweet-toned finish.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the #30 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015.  The Democratic Republic of the Congo has very recently established itself as a source of specialty coffee with the development of cooperatives like Sopacdi. Located overlooking Lake Kivu, on the opposite side of the lake from Rwanda, this rapidly growing cooperative now has 5,600 members and apparently is succeeding its goal to help heal the wounds left by the latest in eastern Congo’s seemingly endless string of horrific rebellions and civil wars. This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Established in 2010, Red Rooster is an organic-certified micro-roaster focusing on socially conscious coffee and high quality coffee. Visit redroostercoffee.com or call 540-745-7338 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a spicy, delicate floral character in a nicely balanced organic/Fair-Trade coffee.

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