Region: Rwenzori Mountains
Varietal: SL14, SL28, Nayasaland
Altitude: 1592 masl
Process: Fully Washed
Aroma - Stone Fruits, Berry
Acidity - Grape
Flavours - Plum, Red Grape, Cherry
Sweetness - Fruit
Mouthfeel - Juicy
Aftertaste - Medium
We recommend use with:
Pourover - V60 or Espresso
Roast days are - Tuesday and Thursday
Dispatch within 24hrs of roast day.
The St Goret micro washing station was brought to life by the local farmers and the Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union in the Rwenzori mountain region of Uganda. Located at almost 1600 meters above sea level this can mean up to a 5km trek for some of the lower growing farmers, hauling the cherry loads themselves as the track isn’t passable to vehicles.
The washing station only deals in fully washed coffees where the average fermentation and drying time is 24 hours and 18 days respectively. Drying takes place under shaded raised drying beds to further improve cup quality.
The dried coffee is then brought down the mountain to the BJCU where if need be, the coffee I dried a little more to bring in down to export quality. After being hulled onsite, removing the parchment layer, a team of up to 300 female workers check the green beans for defects. With such attention to detail it means there is only an average of just over 400kg are packed in a day. That is roughly equivalent to only 7 bags of raw coffee.
There are various challenges facing the fledgling coffee industry in Uganda, not least climate change and the shifting rainy seasons, but also the newness of coffee consumption in a largely tea orientated culture. Coffee was previously demonised as a drug and people avoided consuming it. Due to this there is more education going into what people should be looking for quality wise in a cup of brewed coffee that they grow.
With around 33 micro washing stations around the mountains servicing 5000 small holders, of which 85% are female farmers, the BJCU have been recognised by the worlds speciality coffee associations for their gender equality programs and continue to educate and support new and existing farmers within the cooperative. Projects for honey and natural processes are underway with harvests expected in the next few years.