Uganda Rwenzori (250g)
Very complex. Cashew, ripe lemon, dark chocolate, hints of melon, papaya and dragon fruit in aroma and cup. Round, quietly resonant acidity. Syrupy, gently lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lingers in a rich finish.
Station: Bugoye and Kisinga
The Rwenzori region has a long coffee tradition. With an average 2 acres, Bakonzo farmers traditionally work manually, they group together with the help of the whole family to process the cherries. Coffee is a source of incomes that allows them to support their families and improve their homes. While farmers traditionally sell parchments and kibokos (dried cherries), more and more choose to sell the
freshly picked red cherries to washing stations. This enables farmers to access quick payment for coffee and takes away the risk of drying coffee for the farmer, many of whom are not well equipped to dry coffee.
Our sister company in Uganda, Kyagalanyi Coffee Limited, and its partner in Rwenzori, Agri Evolve Ltd., are operating two washing stations in Kasese, in the heart of Rwenzori. While the Rwenzoris are known for producing almost exclusively Naturals (95%), our washing stations produce as well fully washed, honeys and also experiment with Pura Cepa fermentations.
Located 25km southwest of Kasese, in the Kisinga Trading Center, Kisinga Coffee Station was built in 2015 with one purpose: ex- plore the full potential of Rwenzori’s arabica coffee, and support farmers improving their yields, their profits and subsequently their living conditions. In response to the growing number of farmers delivering their cherries to the washing station, Agri Evolve and Kyagalanyi built a second washing station in 2019, in Bugoye >, north of the Kasese district.
This coffee arrived to our Roastery via Uschi Zimmerman. Uschi is a highly respected coffee sales manager in Europe and Lattore & Dutch. She also brings coffee from Panama through her company called Panama Varietals. The collaboration with Uschi started in 2015 and the Lattorre project in 2019.
ARRIVED IN:60kg Grain Pro
AROMA:Melon, Cashew, Apricot, Pineapple
FLAVOR:Papaya, Dragon Fruit, Cherries
BODY:Papaya, Dragon Fruit, Cherries
FINISH:Winey, Lactic, Oak
The magnificent Rwenzori Mountains, famously known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’, stretch for 120km along Western Uganda and are home to the Bakonzo tribe. The high altitude, fer- tile soils and plentiful rainfall provide perfect conditions for growing coffee trees beans, while the pristine snow-capped peaks and the glaciers give rise to many rivers.
Instead of just focusing on the processing of the cherries, Jonny from Agri Evolve and his team mobilized the whole community to take a vested interest in coffee production: from empowering farmers in the care of the coffee trees - with the implementation of the Volcafe Way program - to the importance of picking only red cherries or implementing basics social benefits helping the workers in the long-run. Employees of Agri Evolve benefit from a health insurance, a pension plan and receive their wages on a bank account (this practice - which helps building up savings - is not common in Uganda) The success of the project relies on the deep-rooted commitment U to economic sustainability with a clear commercial view, not just a charitable one. As Jonny says: “The best way to help the community is to buy their coffee!