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Uganda - Coffee of Origin

As is the case with many coffee growing countries, coffee farming is an extremely important generator of foreign exchange and local  employment opportunities. Uganda has become one of the most important growing areas for Coffea canephora (Robusta) and has grown in importance when it come to producing quality Arabica. In the past, security issues; coffee smuggling and other complications threatened Uganda’s formal industry but some controls have been implemented and coffee in Uganda is now well managed.

Most coffee is grown under the shade of larger trees such as banana and most grows naturally in self sustaining conditions on mixed farms alongside other products. Both wet and dry processing methods are used and farmers transport their beans to nearby coffee factories for processing, sorting and grading.   

The Bagisu tribesmen (Mbale district/Uganda) who live in the higher regions of Mt Elgon and Sipi Falls near the eastern borders near Kenya, have become skilled coffee farmers. Their farms are usually 1600 to 1900 metres above sea level which is an ideal altitude for the slow growing of a better quality, denser bean. Farming in Uganda can’t be easy, the farmers have to deal with very high altitudes, limited or non existent roads and paths and extremely difficult terrain. During the heavy rains which are particular to this area, access paths are often washed away and the fruit of the coffee tree is very difficult to get to. Coffee is a very heavy commodities and farmers use any form of transport they can, this includes donkeys, bicycles and sleds. Spare a thought and take just a moment to appreciate the hard work that has gone into your brew and remember that with every sip that you take, you are contributing the many subsistence farmers in far flung places.  

What to expect from good quality Uganda coffee.

The coffee (usually Arabica Typica) is grown naturally in rich organic soils at very high altitudes. In the cup, one can expect a full bodied coffee with a fairly low acidity with hints of dark chocolate and citrus flavours. A rich earthy flavour is common to Uganda coffee. The preferred grade would be an AA or AAA which indicates a large bean with good uniformity. Whilst not certified as such, the natural farming methods ensure that the beans are organic and free of fertiliser residue and pesticides.

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Mt Elgon - Uganda

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Organic coffee

The layman’s understanding or organic products suggests that the product itself is grown free of artificial fertilisers and pesticides and is not genetically modified in any way. It is also understood that the soils themselves need to be certified pesticide free and that the handling of the product should meet the definitions required. Understand that in 80% of the cases, African coffee is farmed on natural slopes in rich volcanic soils by subsistence farmers. Rarely do these framers have money for any chemicals - no coffee is not certified organic but it surely is as good as it gets!