Taste: Strawberry, Peach, Creamy
Variety: SL28 and SL34
Process: Natural and dried on raised beds
Region: Kisinga, Kesase, Rwenzori (western Uganda)
Altitude: 1750 - 2200 masl
Producer: 2000 Smallhold farmers, members of Rwenzori Arabica Scheme Kyagalanyi Coffee
This is a very interesting and unusual coffee that we tasted on the cupping table. Full of flavour, but very balanced and creamy. Almost a velvety texture that covers the palate. After careful roast profiling we got a real fruit explosion as an espresso and with milk it tastes like strawberry pudding. Delicious.
The Rwenzoris are famously known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. They stretch for 120 kilometres along the Western Uganda border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The snow capped peaks reach over 5,000 metres above sea level and support glaciers that are the start of many rivers flowing down the slopes (including one source of the Nile). The slopes of this range is one area where the government of Uganda is promoting coffee production as a key driver for rural development.
The area is home to the Bakonzo tribe, people who have farmed the foothills of the Rwenzori for as long as they can remember. The high altitude, fertile soils and plentiful rainfall provide perfect growing conditions for high quality Arabica coffee. Coffee offers the Bakonzo farmers a stable income that allows them to support their families and develop their homes. The coffee is grown under the shade of banana trees, while the mixed farms also produce cassava, maize, beans and groundnuts for local consumption and additional income.
Most farmers have around 1 hectare of land and all work on the farm is done by hand, usually by immediate family members. Families work together in groups, usually community based but sometimes also extended family groups, to process and market their coffee, an approach known as ‘share farming’. This helps them to improve processing, better control quality and increases their marketing ability.
All our coffees are roasted and packed in foil-lined bags at our roastery in Penryn, Cornwall.
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