Congo - Mapendo Women's Lot

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The flavors range from currants to lemon verbena, and finishes with citrus and bright berries. The sweetness is like caramel and the body is light and syrupy. It extracts beautifully both as a Pour-over and a French Press.


Mapendo, swahili for “love,” is farmed by 4,200 farmers in 16 microlots.


Many of the women that produced Mapendo are widows as a result of the conflicts that have destabilized parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Gender justice is one of their key pillars and they’ve worked with organizations such as OXFAM to implement Gender Action Learning Systems.