Congo Lake Kivu
I dropped by the Roastery this morning just in time to see Starbucks partner loading the Congo Lake Kivu unroasted coffee into the green coffee loading pit.
If you’re a little unfamiliar with the “green coffee loading pit” at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, I highly recommend this old blog article here:
Patrek is a great partner! He’s an ambitious guy! Just a little over one year ago, I watched him earn his black apron! He’s learned an enormous amount about coffee is a very short period of time.
Here he is actually loading the coffee in the “green coffee loading pit.”
One of my readers on Facebook asked "What happens to the burlap sacks when they're empty?". I believe that they're returned to the Kent Roasting Plant for some sort of recycling program. The reader suggested that the Roastery sell them. In fact, I think that's a creative idea and thinking outside of the box! I know people who would buy empty coffee sacks and considering the wild things for sale at the Roastery (like a bicycle) a coffee sack doesn't seem like an unusual idea. I can easily imagine people buying them as a novelty item or to use them to upcycle into something else, such as a burlap tote bag. I hope Starbucks listens and offers some burlap coffee sacks for sale at the Roastery!
This coffee is also currently on the scoop bar at the Roastery. I bought some to take home. The first thing I found myself doing was huffing the coffee. I don't think I'm alone. I think lots of coffee addicts "huff" their coffee all the time!
I'm still working on learning a little bit more about this coffee and might update this article later. Nonetheless, I thought this was an enjoyable adventure with Congo Lake Kivu today. One thing I forgot to do was ask for a close up of the green, unroasted coffee bean. I'll trying to see if I can get a picture of that on another visit at the Roastery.
By the way, this is the another offering of Congo Lake Kivu - In September last year, Starbucks offered this coffee as well.