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SOPACDI Single Origin Light Roast (Whole Bean)


12 ounces

Sourced from the SOPACDI cooperative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Notes of clementine, caramel, & lime. From an employee-owned cooperative in Richmond, VA. 

ABOUT: SOPACDI (Solidarité Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Development Intégral) is an organization comprising more than 5,600 farmers, roughly 20 percent of whom are women, located near Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Joachim Munganga who was a farmer himself, founded SOPACDI in 2003 by restoring a washing station in the area which then 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 had to barter their coffee locally for food, clothing, and necessities. The SOPACDI cooperative was the first to achieve Fair Trade certification in Congo and this coffee also carries USDA organic certification.

This particular lot is 100% Bourbon variety and comes from a group of 105 Pygmy people who live and farm in the villages of Mishebere and Ruhunde in the Kahele territory. Historically, Pygmy people have faced terrible discrimination and disenfranchisement, including being forced into slavery or very low-paying work. SOPACDI began separating coffee from this group of growers in order to provide them a better income from specialty coffee as well more financial independence and autonomy. The producers each own an average of 0.5 hectares, and deliver coffee in cherry form to the washing station. At the washing station the coffee is depulped and fermented twice, first for 12 hours dry in tanks, and then for 12 hours underwater after it is washed and sorted in water channels. Last, the coffee is dried for 16–25 days on raised beds under a shade cover of netting before being bagged for export. This lot is everything we’ve come to expect from the SOPACDI co-op and is some of the very best coffee coming out of the DRC. If you love coffees from Rwanda, Burundi, or Kenya, give this one a try!

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