DRC Société Maitea 500g
Orders made by midnight Sunday will be roasted and shipped out to you by the following Thursday. We are organising our roasting in this way so that we can roast and ship your coffee while keeping our team safe through appropriate social distancing with only one person working in our roastery. Our main coffees are currently only available in the 500g size so that we can cope with our current way of safe working.
We are super excited to be bringing you this fantastic coffee from the DRC. We will be sharing more information about it via our social media channels so please do follow if you aren't already.
We are donating £1 from the sale of every bag of this coffee to Intercultural Youth Scotland to support their work and to raise awareness of this fantastic charity. Their mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of intercultural young people, providing direct engagement so they are included, embraced and fully integrated in society so they can have the power to shape cultural understanding, harmony and services. Please find out more at www.interculturalyouthscotland.org
Societe Maitea (DRC)
Tasting Notes: peach, marmalade, caramel
Region: Bukavu, South Kivu
Altitude: 1,700 - 1,900 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Bourbon, Blue Mountain
Processing: Fully Washed & Dried on African Beds
Specialty coffee from the DRC is rare for a reason. Although the potential for producing incredible coffees is there in terms of growing conditions, political instability and lack of infrastructure hold the sector back. This is illustrative of the colonial legacy in the DRC, a country that is one of the richest in the world in terms of natural resources and yet one of the poorest in terms of GDP per capita.
The coffee we have roasted for you is exported by Société Maitea (via Mercanta) whose owners Eba Murua and Wally Mahindu are working tirelessly to rid the Kivu region of its tarnished repute, as well as improve the social development of its people. Société Maitea and the local cooperative have been able to produce their first fully washed Arabica lot from their washing station located in Minova in 2019 and we have been blown away by the complexity and delicate flavours in this coffee which are indicative of the region’s potential. We are so excited to be roasting it for you now.
We’re working to understand how the brutal colonial history of this country has directly led to the current obstacles coffee farmers face. Follow us on Instagram and FB @steampunkcoffee to explore these complex and difficult issues together