Although Uganda is one of the leading producers of Robusta coffee, there is a steady growth of Arabica production, especially around the Mt Elgon area in the East of the country and the Rwenzori mountains in the west.
We have teamed up with the Rwenzori Coffee Company, the trading name of Agri Evolve, a Social Enterprise / Profit for Purpose organisation, working with smallholder farmers in Uganda to improve quality and quantity of agricultural crops, and bring about sustainable development through excellent business practice. Along with the Kyagalanyi Coffee Company, one of the longest established coffee exporting companies in Uganda, they are providing an open transparent market for local farmers. Farmers are being trained and encouraged to rejuvenate their established coffee trees, in addition to planting new ones. Harvesting and processing are being improved, and significant investment has been made to establish a modern factory in the town of Kisinga which is their base in this beautiful region of Rwenzori.
Nyabubare is an area just to the south east of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is on the Bushenyi escarpment which forms the eastern edge of the Western Rift Valley, and the altitude is in the range of 1600 to 1800 m.a.s.l.
Farmers here typically have about 2 acres of land and coffee is their main cash crop. The farmers carefully select ripe cherries which are then collected on a daily basis and transported across the rift valley to a new processing facility at Kisinga. Here the cherries are floated and graded before being sun-dried under poly-tunnels to protect them from rain. The team turn the cherries several times each day to ensure even drying whilst allowing the cherries to mature and develop their full rich flavours. This takes about 10 days after which the cherries are hulled on site and again carefully sorted before being taken to Kampala ready for export.