A Strong coffee with flavours of red wine and Pear.
What you need to know…
- Flavours – Red wine, pear, floral
- Aroma – Fruity and floral
- Body – Medium
- Acidity – Strong
The finer details…
This coffee is grown in the shade along with bananas, which provide a staple food source for the community. Growing at 1300-2300 metres above sea level, the coffee has a fruity, floral note with hints of pear and a red wine lingering taste.
Coffee is Uganda’s number 1 export and more than 20% of all its population earn their cash income due to the industry.
Robusta first started growing here in 1860 in the lush, grasslands around Lake Victoria. Sharing the lake with Tanzania and Kenya, other major coffee exporters, it is evident that this area of East Africa harbours perfect conditions for growing coffee.
The Arabica species was only introduced from Malawi in the beginning of the 20th century.
The Kapchowra AA crop is grown around the foothills of Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya.
Mount Elgon was once the tallest mountain in Africa and is home to the famous Bagisu coffee farmers who hand pick the coffee carefully, removing any defected or unripe cherries.
THE HISTORY OF COFFEE PRODUCTION IN UGANDA
Here is a brief timeline of the history of coffee production in Uganda, the information is from the Uganda Coffee Federation:
- The liberalisation of the coffee industry took place
- Private coffee exporters were registered and started operations
- Uganda Coffee Exporters Association (UCEA) was formed
- The Coffee Statute was amended to ease trade
- The number of registered coffee exporters was 184, however only 10 of them are now still in existence. New entrants join annually with registrations ranging between 35 and 45.
- Other parts of the coffee industry joined the Association leading to the formation of Uganda Coffee Trade Federation.
- This was a difficult time for the UCTF and its members, with some of the major pillars of UCTF going out of business.
- Prices were at their lowest since 1991 as the coffee lost around 73% of its value.
- A consultant was hired to draw a three-year strategic plan for UCTF.
- Members have integrated backwards into production and are working with organized farmer groups, providing training, clean planting materials and supporting them in achieving certification with the aim of increasing production, productivity and improve quality.
Elizabeth (verified owner) –
Consistently great coffee with a lovely balance of flavours. My new favourite! Once again excellent customer service
Anonymous (verified owner) –
The service is, as always, second to none. I originally opted for a Columbian Excelso, but sadly this was out of stock and so I asked to try something else single origin – so here we are.
The coffee has a wonderful fragrance. It’s a medium roast with all the flavours depicted on the packet being noticeable.
Personally, it’s not my absolute favourite. That may well be due to incorrect grind size. It tastes a little too earthy for my palett.
I’ve managed to find a bit more acidity in the taste more recently, with a courser grind size, which I quite like.
It works really well with a dash of milk to soften too.
I’ve rated it 3 stars, purely on taste. There is lots of it, but it just doesn’t quite work for me.
Overall brilliant one to try!