Coffee Reviews

Congo – Aperture Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler


Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Congo
  • Roaster
    Aperture Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Woodstock, VA
  • Estimated Price
    $10.00 / 8 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Cranberry, Honey, Apricot, Brown Sugar
  • Process
    Fully Washed and Sun Dried
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Country
    Congo
  • Region
    North Kivu
  • Elevation
    1580-1800 MASL
  • Producer
    Kawa Kabuya Co-op
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    Cupping, V60

Coffee Scoring

8.5
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
8 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
8 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
7 / 10
Flexibility
8 / 10
Pros
  • Nice aromatics in both the fragrance and aroma
  • Acidity helps add to the overall complexity

Cons
  • Flavor didn’t have anything unique to really make this coffee stand out

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

This is the second review in a series of Aperture Coffees (see the first review here). This was a very different coffee from the Costa Rica last week. While the Costa Rica was bright and fruity, this Congo was more of what I’d call a traditional or classic coffee. It had a rich, nutty aroma and a medium body with a more subtle sweetness. It was still a really good coffee, but didn’t have anything incredibly unique about it. It was balanced and clean, but lacked some of the intricacies I’ve come to expect in a speciality cup of coffee—especially after its counterpart from Costa Rica had such complexity.

The Bottom Line

There is no doubt this coffee deserves to be in the speciality class, but it lacked some of the intricacies of flavors that I think separates the best speciality coffees from the rest. I’ll gladly enjoy finishing this bag, but if I were to order from Aperture again, I’d absolutely choose the Costa Rica over this Congo.

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