𝙐𝙜𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙖 𝙍𝙬𝙚𝙣𝙯𝙤𝙧𝙞 𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡

In 2021 we brought you a coffee from the Mt. Elgon region of Uganda. It was a massive hit. This time, though, we are bringing you one from a different region, the Rwenzori Mountain range. In the past, coffee grown in these mountains has lagged behind those grown on Mt. Elgon. Not anymore. This coffee presents as much more complex than the Mt. Elgon coffees, and boy is it good.

You might be wondering how the Rwenzori coffees have caught up as well as they have. It starts with the building of receiving stations throughout the region and fully upgraded washing stations at a centralized wet mill, where the coffee cherries are now meticulously processed under high quality control standards. This is a win for the entire Uganda coffee economy and most especially for the coffee farmers. With the upgraded infrastructure, coffee farmers are selling much higher quality beans and are paid double what they were paid in the past.

This coffee was grown by many small-holder farmers (fewer than 5 acres). These farmers grow several varietals of coffee, and this lot includes Tipica, SL14, and SL28 varietals. It is smooth, rich, creamy, and complex. Q Graders: those lucky people, who cup coffees, evaluate them, and assign a cup score generally will report only 2 or 3 flavor notes for the coffees they grade. With this coffee though, they tell us that 6 flavor notes are discernable. I told you it was complex. Those among us with more discerning palates may catch notes of berry, blackberry, brown sugar, caramel, plum, and merlot.

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