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Congo Square Coffee
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Coffee Origin: South Kivu growing region, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Famously known as the birthplace of Jazz, Congo Square was the place where slaves in New Orleans were free to gather--but only on Sunday afternoons--to play music, sing, and dance. The African and Caribbean cultural practices that thrived there planted the seeds for New Orleans' jazz, second-line, and Mardi Gras Indian traditions.

This coffee comes from South Kivu in the majestic Great Lakes Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is the origin that inspired the name for the New Orleans square. With bright and jubilant notes, fruity lemon and orange citrus flavors as well as deep chocolate aromas, it’s akin to how we imagine the vibrancy of the square was —with its Afro-Caribbean sounds of brass, the rhythms of the Bamboula, and the permeating (albeit fleeting) feeling of freedom and transcendence felt there.

Blind Assessment: High-toned, resinously nutty, intensely sweet. Wild honey, plum, magnolia, mesquite, pistachio in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with savory-leaning acidity; viscous, nectar-like mouthfeel. Gentle, sweetly rich finish with notes of wild honey, pistachio and mesquite into the long.