CCG | DR Congo South-Kivu, Birambo Village, Colombia Nariño, Tabón de Gómez
Extra Bold Profile | Dark roast
Tasting Notes: Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Smoked Caramel
IT ALL STARTS AT THE COFFEE FARM
This blend combines two terrific coffees, the first from 90 producer-members of the SOPACDI cooperative, growing coffee in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the second from Colombian farmers growing coffee around the communities of Tablón de Gómez and Buesaco.
The Congolese coffee was grown near Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by 90 farmer-members of the SOPACDI (Solidarité Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Development Intégral) cooperative. Each farmer has a very small area of farmland for coffee (fewer than 2 hectares, or 5 acres on average), and sells cherries to SOPACDI through the organization's 10 collection subgroups.
Joachim Munganga, who was a farmer himself, founded SOPACDI in 2003 by restoring a washing station in the area, which provided service and market access to the growers in these extremely remote highlands. Before he undertook this work, farmers had little to no means to transport coffee to the markets, and instead were forced to simply barter their coffee locally for food, clothing, and necessities.
At this washing station, coffee is depulped the day it is delivered, and fermented dry for 12 hours. Then it spends 12 under water before being passed through the washing canal, and then it is soaked for an additional 12 hours. The coffee is dried on raised beds under a cover of shade for 14–20 days. This particular "microstation" serves 90 producers, including 21 women.
The Colombian coffee comes from farmers growing coffee around the communities of Tablón de Gómez and Buesaco. This coffee was grown in the communities of Tablón de Goméz and Buesaco in Nariño. Our importer partner Caravela collected crops from smallholder farmers in northern Nariño with the end goal of building a coffee with dense, sweet flavors, and confection-like aromas.
Caravela has an office in the nearby town of Los Rosales, where they tasted each coffee and decided which ones would get blended to make this lot.
Democratic Republic of the Congo & Colombia
90 members of SOPACDI & various smallholder farmers
Biriambo Village, South-Kivu and Tablón de Gómez & Buesaco, Nariño
Blue Mountain, Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Kabare 2 & Colombia, Castillo, Caturra
1700 - 2100 meters
Crop to Cup & Caravela
DID YOU KNOW
The DRC is the fourth most-heavily populated country on the continent, and the second-largest nation in Africa, as well.
Price paid by Driftaway
Fair Trade price per pound
Coffee C-Market price per pound
Driftaway's World Coffee Research contribution per pound
The Democratic Republic of the Congo Biriambo Village travelled 7,009 miles and the Colombia Nariño travelled 2,723 miles to the Driftaway Coffee roastery in Brooklyn.
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WHY DID WE SELECT THESE COFFEES FOR THE BLEND?
Together, these two coffees give us a dynamic dark roast profile - it has a complex aroma and deep, chocolatey flavors.
AVERAGE CUPPING SCORE
SCAA Cupping Score
15 x 60 k, 15 x 70 k
Length of producer relationship
100% (in 2022)
Transparent coffees purchased
HOW DID WE ROAST THIS COFFEE?
This coffee is being roasted by Ian T. from April 24th to May 18th in Brooklyn. We use the Loring Kestrel roaster for this profile. We have strict guidelines for each of the coffee profiles, and this roast has to pass the development time ratio test as measured in real-time by the roasting software, Cropster. Once it does, it is approved for production.
We perform Quality Control via a process of coffee tasting called cupping on all of our production roasts once a week from home as per our Covid-19 shelter in place guidelines. Each cupping is conducted by our roasting staff Kieran D. and Ian T. using standard equipment, and is logged by our Q-certified cupper Ian T. All coffees are evaluated on a scoring scale of 0 to 3.
- 3.0 = exceptional roast - exceeds expectations
- 2.5 = on par with profile - matches expectations
- 2.0 = good roast, but 1 or 2 elements could be improved - needs improvement
- 1.5 or lower = failed - do not ship
AT YOUR HOME
Brew this coffee with your favorite home brewer and enjoy the taste of incredible coffee! Here are a few tips on how to make the best coffee on each brewer.