Juicy orange balanced by rich honeycomb & roasted hazelnut.
Brought to life on the Wanale ridge under the shadow of majestic Mt Elgon, the Wanale AA is delivering delicious brews as well as fueling positive community impact. This coffee is the result of great work between the Zukuka Bora Coffee Company (a long-term local NGO project) and the small holder farmers of the Bukhanakwa Village. Farmers are provided with tools, training and, as joint shareholders of Zukuka Bora, bonuses based on sales of the coffee. It’s only early days yet but the results are impressive! This washed lot offers a satisfying combo of juicy orange balanced by rich honeycomb & roasted hazelnut.
Coffee production on Mount Elgon
The Mt Elgon region is steeped in coffee tradition dating back to ~1920 when arabica coffee was first planted after being brought from farms in neighbouring Kenya. Despite the history, the story of quality coffee is more mixed. After independence in 1962, Uganda had a strong reputation for coffee, with well-supported cooperatives working across the mountain – most famously the Bugisu Cooperative Union. Quality cultivation and harvesting practices were employed and the industry boomed. However, over time, quality started to become compromised due to a variety of reasons and buyers started to become (rightly) suspicious of the quality coming out of the country. As a result, prices plummeted, and for many farmers it was simply not worth growing coffee. There was very little differential in the market for quality locally and so quality processes were largely abandoned.
As the Zukuka Bora project started they found many farmers in the process of cutting down their coffee and growing other crops instead. However in recent years, as the specialty industry has grown, arabica producers and companies have started to see that there is demand (and a reasonable price) for quality coffee. In the last couple of years, there has been a significant increase in interest locally, with more and more buyers exploring the area, and more companies starting up ore expanding their operations. Hopefully this is a good sign for Uganda and for very poor farmers in particular.
Get to know: Zukuka Bora Coffee Co
The Zukuka Bora Coffee project was set up in 2016 to support the people of Mt Elgon in many different ways. While coffee farmers are at the heart of the project, the profits from the project are used to support their partner NGO – JENGA Community Development. JENGA have been working in the Mt Elgon area for more than 15 years, and had laid much of the groundwork for Zukuka Bora to be able to build relationships with farmers and their communities.