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DR Congo Mountains where coffee is grown

Origin of the Month

DR Congo Organic Kivu G3 Gorilla Blend


It’s been a few years since we brought you a coffee from Democratic Republic of Congo. The political climate in this country makes it difficult, sometimes, to get coffee grown there. Civil war, exploitation, corruption, and political instability have plagued DR Congo for a long time. Despite all this, the Arabica coffees grown here keep getting better and better.


This coffee is special because it was grown by a co-op of about 4,500 coffee farmers, all owning an average of .9 acres of land. Comparatively, that’s a tiny plot. Of these 4,500 farmers, 1,700 are women. These farmers grew this coffee in the Beni Territory, high on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains at an elevation of about 6,500 feet above sea level. The coffee varietals they grow are Heirloom, Blue Mountain and Rumangabo.


So, from where does the name Gorilla Blend come? The farms are all along the borders of DR Congo’s Virunga National Park. This park is one of the last refuges of mountain gorillas, lowland gorillas, savannah elephants, big cats, and antelopes. For this reason, we are proud to bring this coffee to you.


Believe it or not, about 50 years ago, DR Congo was one of Africa’s largest coffee exporters. Not today, though, because of the civil wars, exploitation, corruption, and political instability mentioned above. DR Congo coffees, however, are not in a death spiral. On the contrary, these high-quality coffees are very well respected in the coffee community. In fact, non-government agencies and companies have been coming together to provide agricultural training in crop diversification, washing stations, mills, and they disseminated 143,000 coffee seedlings to these farmers between 2019 and 2024. Needless to say, the future of DR Congo coffees is bright.


This coffee is fantastic. It is a smooth, medium bodied coffee that offers us flavor notes that you probably have not tasted in coffee before, Stone Fruit, Black Currant, Clove, and Molasses. It has a slight bite to it at the finish, but as a taste tester told me, the bite almost cleanses the palate before the next sip. You will love this unique coffee and we can’t wait for you to try it.


Origin of the Quarter

Panama Finca La Santa


Panama, Oh, Panama. Oh, how I love your coffee.

It was coffee from this country that opened my eyes to specialty coffee way back in 1988 when I was stationed down there with the Army. It was such an eye-opening experience for me that it ignited the passion for specialty coffees, worldwide, that all our customers know me for today.

Panamanian coffees routinely fetch auction prices of $1000.00 per pound and higher. These coffees are usually of the Geisha
varietal, but that doesn’t diminish the other varietals also grown in the Boquete region. That’s where this Finca La Santa was grown, and boy is it a great coffee.

Panama Finca La Santa was grown in the Boquete region of Panama at an elevation around 4900 feet above sea level. It is a washed process coffee consisting of Caturra, Catuai, and Typica varietals.

The joy from drinking this coffee starts in the cup where it delivers sweet aromas of honey and chamomile. It is a well-balanced, smooth, coffee that presents with earthy, winey tones, and a slight fruitiness that lingers.

This is a must try coffee. A more discerning palate may catch notes of pear, lemon, and bourbon. You
owe it to yourself to find out why Panamanian coffees are so well known for their high quality. This
coffee could very well end up at the top of your list of best coffees ever tasted.