Uganda A Mt. Elgon Kapchorwa

From Uganda’s Kapchorwa district, on the eastern border of neighboring Kenya, comes this high grown lot of washed, 100% shade canopy, mixed varietal, arabica. While the majority of the nation’s arabica is grown here on the slopes of Mt. Elgon, the Kibale Forest on the country’s western border supports a substantial growth of native robusta. This coffee is grown by a group of small farm holders within the region. These farmers share access to a wealth of growing and processing resources including four greenhouses, an arabica nursery for adolescent saplings, and a washing station with eco-pulping capabilities. Banana trees grow alongside the coffee, contributing to the 100% natural shade canopy. Almost a thousand individual farmers contribute to the overall lot. Each manages their own 1.0 hectare farm and is responsible for the production of about 1,000 arabica trees. In Uganda, coffee is the nation’s top grossing export, accounting for roughly 18 to 22% of all exports, and totaling 50 million US dollars annually. Tobacco and tea are the next closest exports with volumes in the 3 to 5% range.

Cupping Notes: Spicy, citrusy acid and good body for an African coffee. Light, earthy and even woody flavors, but in a good way. Different than Kenya and other Africans – a very good coffee. Lighter roasts bring out a great floral aroma in the dry grounds.
Producer: Small Farmholders
District: Kapchorwa
Variety: SL14, SL34, KP423, Nyasaland, & Bugisu
Processing: Washed
Altitude: 5,400 - 7,200 ft
Coffee Grading: A
Harvest: October - January