Straight out of the heart of Africa, our newest Limited Edition coffee is also Vincent's Roaster's Choice. We were inspired by the story behind this co-op, but once we got a taste of the coffee, we knew it would be one of the most vibrant coffees we've introduced. Fair Trade, Organic, and UTZ certified, we give you Congo Umoja LTD.
Community means a lot to us at ACR. But the boundaries of "community" don't stop with the borders of our town, state, or country. We coffee drinkers are a part of a much larger community than most of us realize. For the folks at Umoja Co-Op, "community" is the focus.
Did you know "umoja" means "solidarity" in Swahili? Umoja Co-Op farmers, almost 12,000 of them across 21 sectors, have been able to improve the conditions of their extended community steadily over the past decade. Umoja has been instrumental in transforming the economic outlook of thousands of families by providing a community umbrella, so to speak, under which each of these small farmers can enjoy the benefits of selling their coffees to broader markets that would be out of their reach on their own. This ensures each farmer a measure of stability, knowing their efforts are respected and valued by a reputable organization that can bear the burden of negotiating financial or political obstacles as the fruit of their labor goes to market.
Our coffee broker had this to say about Umoja Co-Op:
"In the 10 years farmers have been growing specialty coffee cooperatively, the sale of Umoja (coffee) has helped to improve the living conditions of its members, providing schooling, housing, jobs and reducing coffee smuggling on Lake Kivu, while promoting women's and pygmy rights. Your purchase directly stimulates economic activity, raising the living standards of hardworking farmers, while ending the cycle of poverty, conflict, and injustice."
Grown at 1800 masl in volcanic soil between the Mitumba mountain range and Lake Kivu, this coffee is a red bourbon (pronounced burr-bone) varietal. It is fully washed and carefully dried to perfection. The result is a heavy body with notes of citrus and black tea with hints of date-like sweetness, followed by a clean finish. You could say this coffee's really perked our palates! This would be a great coffee in just about any method of brewing, but we suggest Chemex or pour over method to really showcase those nuances.