SIPI FALLS, Uganda *organic FILTER

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SIPI FALLS, Uganda *organic FILTER

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Producer: Various smallholder producers in collaboration with the Kawacom Sustainable Project

Location: Chema town, Kapchorwa district
Region: Mt Elgon, Eastern Uganda
Altitude: 1300 - 2000 masl

Varietal: SL14 & 28
Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Cup profile: Creamy, maple syrup, dates & dried fruits

 

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In the speciality coffee world Uganda is not often a country associated with the production of great quality fine coffees as it has been traditionally known as a producer and exporter of Robusta coffee.

However, as we learned, in many regions of the country the challenges for production of high quality speciality Arabica coffees are more a matter of infrastructure, history and knowledge than environment. As this wonderful lot shows the slopes of Mt. Elgon in the country's Eastern region are ideally suited for the production of delicious coffees.

The Sipi Falls Organic Coffee Product was initiated in 1999 in Uganda’s Kapchorwa district – high on the slopes of Mt. Elgon, where coffee grows at altitudes ranging from 1,300 metres climbing up to 1,900 metres. Arabica is the main cash crop here and is normally inter-cropped or grown alongside other crops such a banana and beans. By promoting the cultivation of Arabica coffee, training farmers in agricultural techniques and best practices, educating widely regarding the importance of harvest and post harvest activities, and building top-notch washing stations, the project hopes to put Uganda ‘on the map’ as the next big destination for speciality coffee.

Kawacom - the driving force behind this quality-driven project, began the project with an impressive 5,000 small holder coffee farmers with an average of 0.5 ha each under coffee. These farmers, all keen to participate in higher value speciality markets, were trained in criteria for socially and environmentally responsible coffee growing practices and efficient farm management with the aim of certifying and marketing their coffee on the international scene. In 2002, the project received its very first Organic certificate. Today, the project has expanded significantly and reaches over 10,000 small holder farmers, many of whom not only receive higher prices for their higher quality coffee but also participate in other social and environmental programs and cash management project.

We're super excited to be adding the first Ugandan coffee to our offer and even more so that we are able to support this wonderful project.