REGION Rwenzori, Western Uganda
GROWING ALTITUDE 1720m
VARIETALS SL14, SL28, Catimor
HARVEST PERIOD November-December
FLAVOUR Chocolate tones with juicy peach and pomegranate flavours.
Q GRADE 84-86
ABOUT THE FARM
Uganda lies in the heart of East Africa on the shores of Lake Victoria – straddling the equator and the source of the Nile, Sir Winston Churchill first described Uganda as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, while admiring its “magnificent variety of form and colour, profusion of brilliant life and its vast scale”.
Benefiting from a bi-modal rainfall season and high altitudes, the country has a pleasant climate all year round and is lush with greenery. The mountain ranges to the east and west are home to Uganda’s Arabica farmers. Robusta is produced on the central plateau and the government of Uganda is promoting coffee production as a key driver for rural development.
The Rwenzoris are famously known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and stretch for 120km along the Western Border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Baknozo tribe farm this region and harvest this coffee by hand, carefully selecting ripe cherries. They are proud and strong and have farmed the foothills of Rwenzori for over 15 generations.
The cherries are then pre-sorted before being floated in a tank of water. The cherries which float are removed, leaving only the best and then sundried on raised tables inside purpose built poly-tunnels. Farmers carefully turn the cherries throughout the day ensuring uniform drying.
Once dried to the required moisture content, the coffee is stored and processed in the wet mill in Kisinga Town. After processing, the coffee beans then undergo a final removing of any black beans or defects from the coffee. The coffee is then bagged and transported to a new dry mill in Namanve on the outskirts of Kampala. Here it is prepared for export through Mombasa.
Many farmers choose to sell the fresh cherries after they have been sorted and floated, often with the assistance of the field team based out of Kisinga. This enables farmers to access quick payment for coffee and takes away the risk of processing coffee at their farm, many of whom are not well equipped to dry coffee. The cherries are delivered to the Wet mill in Kisinga Town where a team of trained workers are able to carry out the whole process to a high standard.
The name ‘Bukonzo Dream’ originates from the Bukonzo tribes people of Uganda. They are a brave, friendly and welcoming people who dream of being able to provide better opportunites for each generation. The farmers have a strong entripreneurial spirit and given the opportunity of producing a harvest which will give them a greater yeild and ultimately a better return, they are willing to go extra lengths to ensure a fantastic crop.
“Lovely and Juicy with incredible flavours as it cools, like Apricot yoghurt”
This is a fantastic lot from the Kasinga Coffee Station. Collected from a total of 462 registered farmers to make up the Kisinga Lot.