Project Congo Muungano
|Roaster Location:||Viroqua, Wisconsin|
|Coffee Origin:||South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Est. Price:||$19.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||March 2021|
Blind Assessment: Crisply sweet, deeply rich. Date, baking chocolate, magnolia, maple syrup, hazelnut butter in aroma and cup. Sweet in structure with brisk acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolaty, sweetly nut-toned finish.
Notes: This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of “Cause Coffees” for Coffee Review’s March 2021 report. Roasters of these coffees contribute a portion of proceeds to non-profit organizations doing work to improve the lives of others, locally or globally. Muungano, the name of this cooperative, means “togetherness” in Swahili. One-third of the coop’s members are women, many of whom were widowed by war. Produced entirely from trees of strains of the Bourbon variety of Arabica and processed by the washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). Wonderstate also donates $1 per pound sold to the non-profit On the Ground, a group devoted to promoting gender equity in the Congo. Wonderstate Coffee, formerly Kickapoo Coffee, is an award-winning roaster based in rural Wisconsin known for its commitment to guaranteeing higher pay for farmers and being the country’s first 100% solar-powered roastery. Visit wonderstate.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: A chocolaty, sweetly nutty Congo cup from a highly regarded cooperative, one-third of whose members are women.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2021 tasting report: Coffee as a Force for Good: Roasters Who Give Back