Uganda – Crop to Cup

About our Uganda Okoro Single Origin Coffee.

It is symbolic that one of the world’s longest water givers should be of the same origin as that of our favourite cherry. Combine the two with physics and you have the warm velvety soother we call our moral vice.
While Robusta naturally grows here, Arabica is also cultivated by locals, to supplement income. They grow peas, beans and bananas along with shady trees, the foliage of which shades the coffee and provides composting when it falls to the floor. The region is mostly organic, but without the expensive certification to prove it.

Our variety, Uganda Okoro (100% Arabica), grows in Uganda’s West Nile province under the draping arms of the Ficus or Banyan Tree. It has a rich, mellow flavour with slight fruity hints backed by a very full body and smooth finish.

Over the years, different programs have been put in place to try and further knowledge, skills and coffee production. Currently, Kawacom is one such institution, proactive in its support. As most of the coffee in Uganda is home processed by small holder farmers using hand-powered pulpers, they lack good drying infrastructure and use a rustic processing system. Because of this, quality can vary. But Kawacom encourages farmers to deliver cherry to their wet mills rather than hand pulping.

Uganda is known to be a supplier of large quantities of commodity grade coffee. But our suppliers’ commitment is to continue striving for excellence in this region. See this coffee as a young child, watching the beautiful qualities and talents she already possesses grow to maturity and perfection with each passing year.

Some of Kawacom’s projects:
1. Youth and gender issue awareness
2. HIV/AIDS awareness
3. Education in finance and savings management.
4. A Training centre to train farmers in all issues relating to Good Agricultural Practices and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
5. A Gender & Youth Initiative that promotes entrepreneurial training and opportunities for local youth.
6. Raising ecological awareness programs, such as preventing deforestation by encouraging and financially facilitating the implementation of energy efficient cooking stoves that use bio-gas for fuel.
7. Investing in rainwater harvesting tanks that will be installed at farmers’ homes to collect rain water for domestic use.

We do not stock this coffee any more, please see our Uganda Bugisu.

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