Umoja

Umoja, which is the Swahili word for “unity” or “solidarity”, is the perfect way to describe this coffee that comes from thousands of farmers through the Tsneya washing station in the Kalehe Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This coffee was sourced through the incredibly upstanding Mighty Peace Coffee, a women and minority-owned social impact-focused coffee importer. This is our second year partnering with Might Peace to bring DRC coffee to Atlanta, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this year’s offering!

Expect to taste all of the full-body, sparkling acidity, sharp baking spices and clean dried fruit tastes that is inherent to coffees from this fertile region of Africa. This coffee will excel no matter how it is brewed, but look for more grapefruit acidity in filter methods (like a drip pot, Hario V60, Chemex, etc.) and for clove and cinnamon in immersion methods (like French Press).

Order by midnight on Sunday for this product to ship on Monday.
    • Producer: 11,600 Smallholder Farmers
    • Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Region: African Great Lakes
    • Province: South Kivu
    • Territory: Kalehe
    • Washing Station: Tsneya
    • Variety: SL-34
    • Process: Fully Washed
    • Elevation: 1480-2000 masl
    • Fermentation: 12 Hours Dry, 24 Hours Wet
    • Moisture Content: 12 – 21 days on raised beds, down to 10 – 12% moisture
    • Tasting Notes: White Grape, Chocolate, Cocoa, Lemon Zest, Molasses, Clove, Cinnamon

 

From our importing partner, Mighty Peace Coffee:

Umoja grows in South Kivu and is a product of the hard work of over 11,600 members. Certified Fairtrade and Organic cooperatives like the ones we work with have helped provide stability in the coffee sector in a region that is often fraught with coffee smuggling. For many of the members, coffee is a key source of income and helps promote rights for marginalized groups.

A Farmer’s Story 

Victorina is one of the farmers who contributes to Umoja. She built a house, purchases clothes for her family, and feels secure in knowing that she now doesn’t need to travel to find a buyer, because that places her at risk of attack. Victorina is now able to pay for her children’s school fees as well as buy her own fields.