Producer: 100 Smallhold farmers
Origin: Nyabubare, Rwenzori
Varietal: Nyasaland, SL14, SL28
Altitude: 1600- 1800 metres above sea level
Process: Floated Natural
Flavours: Sweet Citrus, Cherry & Berry
Cup Score: 85
Where is it from?
Coffee has been grown by farmers in the Rwenzori region for many years. The altitude, soil, and climate are all very suitable for the production of high-quality arabica coffee.
Nyabubare is an area just to the south-east of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is on the Bushenyi escarpment which forms the eastern edge of the Western Rift Valley, and the altitude is in the range of 1600 to 1800 m.a.s.l.
This coffee is grown by a group of over 100 smallholder farmers whom each has about 2 acres of land and coffee is their main cash crop. The farmers carefully select ripe cherries which are then collected on a daily basis and transported across the rift valley to our new processing facilities at Kisinga. Here the cherries are floated and graded before being sun-dried under our polytunnels to protect them from the rain. The team turn the cherries several times each day to ensure even drying whilst allowing the cherries to mature and develop their full rich flavours. This takes about 10 days after which the cherries are hulled on site and again carefully sorted before being taken to Kampala ready for export.
The road from Nyabubare to the coffee station at Kisinga goes across the valley and through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. There are no zebras in the park, but if you are fortunate you have every chance of seeing an elephant crossing…!
The importers, Agri Evolve, are working with Ugandan Farmers, improving yields, improving profits and lives and overcoming the issues that face the coffee Industry in Uganda. Providing a transparent market, with good prices and prompt payment is a key factor. Providing training and establishing demonstration plots is also having a positive impact on the ability of farmers to increase the yield and quality of their crops.
The training and advice provided helps farmers improve the yield and the quality of their crop. This helps them to pay school fees and pay for medical care when needed, and so the whole family and community benefit from the improvement in the coffee sector. Investment in the processing facilities in 2017 has improved the capacity to process the red cherries from the farmers and produce a coffee of a very high quality.
Before Agri Evolve became involved the farmers would often end up selling their coffee to traders who would give them low prices.
Agri Evolve is very open about the prices they pay, and so the farmers can see the choice they have. They also pay in cash on the day the coffee is brought to the coffee station.
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