This is a wonderful coffee, and the third year that we have purchased it! We are feeling this is the best year yet for the Sipi Falls mill, as this coffee has a bit more of a soft and gentle profile with loads of sweetness while retaining a nice clean finish.
From the importer...
The coffee comes to us by way of smallholder producers growing coffee on the northern slopes of Mount Elgon, a massive peak split nearly in two by the border of Uganda and Kenya. The microregion is rife with coffee and is well-served by the Sipi Falls mill, a centralized washing station with the capacity for processing cherry and drying coffee to improve the value to local farmers.
Undermined by historically low prices and the perception as a robusta origin, Uganda instituted a coffee auction in 2018 in an effort to promote high quality and better prices. Uganda is currently Africa’s leading exporter of coffee by volume (Ethiopia produces more, but exports less), and is among the only African nations with consistent annual production volume increases.
Near the Sipi Falls Mill, producers for years had been accustomed to rudimentary home processing techniques. Kawacom, the export company that owns the washing station, has gone to great lengths to prove the added value (and subsequent profit) by contributing their unprocessed cherry to a central mill where washing, fermenting, and drying can be performed consistently with professional oversight. They have also started an example nursery with high quality varieties and provide agronomic support to the local smallholders, many of whom are families led by women.
This coffee was grown and produced without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or fungicides
Region: Kapkawi, Kapchorwa District
Varietal: Blue Mountain, SL14, SL28
Farm: Small holder farms
Altitude: 1300-2000 meters
We forward contracted this coffee through Royal Coffee importers and purchased two 60kg bags at $4.30/lb. This is the third year we have purchased coffee from the Sipi Falls mill through Royal Coffee, and hope to continue doing so for many years to come!