Kirindera Women's Peace Coffee, DRC, Washed
MAPLE SYRUP. RHUBARB + ROSE. ✌️✌️✌️✌️
The Kirindera Women’s Peace Coffee of the COOPADE Association aims to bring peace to Virunga National Park and across DRC. By growing coffee, the Kirindera women are employing young people and providing them with an alternative to joining the armed groups that are destabilising the region.
This absolutely delicious coffee with a gorgeous buttery (chewy) mouthfeel ticks all of the boxes. It’s unctuous and sweet and finishes with lovely rhubarb tartness and floral aroma.
Cooperative: Kirindera Women's Peace
Region: Virunga National Park, North Kivu
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Variety: Blue Mountain Rumangabo
About the Women of Kirindera...
The Kirindera Women's Peace Coffee from the women’s section of the Coopade Association gives female coffee farmers the opportunity to control and develop their own coffee production through the whole chain.
2020 was the first year in which some of Coopade’s coffee produced by women has been kept separate from the rest of the co-operative’s production and marketed with it’s own identity. It is being produced and sold with pride – pride in it’s high quality and in the
organisational efforts that have made it possible. It is being sold with a small premium that will boost the women’s incomes.
Gisele Kahindo, of the women’s section, was asked why the women of Kirindera chose to call their coffee Women’s Peace Coffee. She replied “It’s because of the atrocities that have been committed and which continue to be committed in Eastern Congo. It’s so that by growing coffee women can say no to what is happening – and in particular by employing young people we can provide them with an alternative so that they are no longer drawn to join the armed groups that are destabilising Virunga National Park. We want to see peace for everyone living in DRC. and above all for those living on the borders of the Virunga National Park”.
Our favourite way to brew this coffee at the roastery:
Think of a peaceful summer garden; the air is warm and there’s a fragrance of flowers in the air- that feeling is somehow captured in the cup when brewing DRC Kirindera Peace Coffee using the following V60 recipe. It gives you a pleasantly floral and light-bodied cup of rhubarb-like acidity with an aftertaste of rose, all rounded out by maple syrup sweetness, so don your fave summer dress (even though we know it’s probably raining) and treat yourself to a lil sip of sunshine.
350g water (85-85°)
Total brewing time 2.30 minutes
1. Pre-wet the filter and pre-heat the V60, pour the 25g of coffee in.
2. Flatten out the coffee bed within the V60 by tapping the sides.
3. For the bloom, aim for about 100g of water, making sure all the dry grounds are covered, pour ‘low and slow’ starting in the middle and moving outwards in a circular motion.
4. At 45 seconds, pour 125g of water, starting in the centre and moving out in an anti-clockwise spiral.
5. At 1.15 minutes, pour the remaining 125g of water in the same anti-clockwise motion.
6. Once all your water is in, swirl the V60 a couple of times in both directions to even out the coffee bed.
7. Total brew time should be around 2.30-3 minutes.