Katana

Congo
Dark Chocolate • Dried Dates • Tamarind

11,9039,30

With a flavour profile that’s as smooth as a black panther’s fur and fresh, tropical fruit notes, Katana will transport your taste buds to the Congolese rainforest. And since we’re only just discovering the Congolese specialty coffee scene, we’re confident that we’ll unearth many new flavours in the years to come.

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Flavour profile

This syrupy and velvety cup is filled to the brim with mystical, tropical fruit notes. The opaque flavours of dark chocolate and dried dates are as smooth as a black panther’s fur as it stalks its prey. Then, Katana pounces your taste buds with the surprising tang of tamarind, an acidic flavour note that’s characteristic for the region and that gives this coffee an unprecedented sharp edge that will make you come back for more. And more. And more. After all these bold flavours and sensations that transport you right to the middle of the Congolese jungle, Katana kicks back with the more gentle flavours of blackcurrant and butterscotch. You’re still in the jungle, but this time leisurely swinging in a hammock, enjoying the sounds and smells, and laughing at those two little monkeys that are playing in the foliage above you.

The story – the farm

Even though East Congo is still being discovered by the international specialty coffee scene, their cooperative society, RAEK, is thriving. With a state-of-the-art washing station, organic fertilisation methods, reforestation schemes and a ridiculously high cupping score, the coop is more than equipped to run with the “big boys” and to become a valuable player in the market.
Due to their good prices and honest payment ethic, farmers are flocking to the town of Katana to become members of the RAEK coop. And despite the institutional and financial challenges the coop has faced over the last couple of years, they survived because of the energy and perseverance of its loyal manager: lifelong coffee farmer and agronomist Désiré Zagabe and the unwavering support of their very first (and for a long time only) customer, Oxfam. We can’t wait to see what else the East Congolese specialty coffee scene has in store for us!

Details

  • Washing Station: RAEK Katana
  • Coop: Agriterra farmer
  • Region: Katana
  • Varietal: Arabica JBM, Jackson
  • Altitude: 1,400m – 1,800m
  • Process: Natural
  • Harvest Period: April – July
  • Flavour: Dark chocolate, dried dates, tamarind, blackcurrant & butterscotch

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