The cup brings together rustic fruits and bittersweetness, with notes of stewed stone fruit, dried cherry, rustic natural wines, pipe tobacco, and earthy dark chocolate tempering things.
Region: Katana Village, Kabare, South Kivu Variety: Blue Mountain Altitude: ~1450-1750+ masl Processing: Dry Process (Natural) Certification: Farm Gate, Certified Organic
The Katana station is one of a handful of Congo coffee processing sites under a privately ran coffee project called Virunga Coffee. Their primary goals have been to help increase production and the overall quality of the coffee through investment in infrastructure like wet mills and raised drying beds, farmer outreach and access to the global market. The Katana site is located in South Kivu and serves several hundred farmers in the region. Katana sits at 1700 meters above sea level and the farmed area spans a range of 1450 to 1750 meters, benefiting from high altitude and nutrient rich, volcanic soil. Farmers are growing Blue Mountain, a mutation of Typica first discovered in the Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Katana are only producing natural and honey process coffees which have a much lower demand for water. The Virunga Coffee group have also assisted with certifications (UTZ and Organic) that not only lend to sustainable agricultural practice, but also ensure an added price premium for the coffee.