In Swahili, Muungano means "togetherness," and it is a guiding principle for the farmers of the Muungano Coffee Cooperative. For many years, the people of eastern Congo -- Bahunde, Bahavu, Bashi, Batembo, and Rwandan Congolese -- were divided by war, but through Muungano, they are once again working as one to create a brighter future for their people.
The cooperative has grown from 350 founding members in 2009 to 2,300 members in 2012, with many more committed to joining. Muungano's farmers have the perfect conditions to produce top-grade specialty coffee and are wholly committed to fulfilling that potential. They've invested in coffee nurseries, micro-washing stations, and in 2013 built a coffee cupping laboratory, which will aid in quality control from seed to green bean.
Farmers tend their land naturally, using homemade compost and mulch. With coffee plants growing among homes in their villages, they see the importance of the industry to the local environment as well as to the health of their citizens. Farmers are also taking measures to combat the risk of landslides in heavy rain by planting trees with deep roots to strengthen the soil structure.
This is among the best, if not the best, Congolese coffee we've tasted. We're elated to be working with Muungano.