We’ve tasted a small amount of coffee from Uganda over the past 6-7 years, but have never landed on anything we’d bring to our offering sheet until now. The barriers in the past have been mostly consistency, relationships, and access. Those were quickly removed when Tim Hill of Atlantic Specialty sent us some samples he was convinced we should at least try that were produced by the Gamatui Community in eastern Uganda.
Our first tasting of coffees processed at the Sipi Falls station had us spinning. We tasted through washed, honey, and natural coffees from the stations that had the whole table guessing at origins. When the coffees were revealed, we had a pretty obvious answer for the next coffee in our lineup. The natural process coffee was seductively sweet and complex, reminding us of some our best-selling natural lots from Ethiopia and Burundi.
The Sipi Falls station, run by Kawacom, sits quite close to the Kenyan border on the slopes of Mt. Elgon. It is some of the highest coffee growing area in Uganda and farmers there tend to be a focused on cherry selection and collaboration with the station. Tim’s genetic testing has found most of the coffee grown in the area is SL-34, but he has seen plantings of SL-14 and other Bourbon variants in the area as well.
Team taste notes: strawberry candy, pomegranate, grape, black cherry, lemon, coating, syrupy
PENROSE (named after the triangle) is our “house” espresso. We feel the perfect espresso is an impossible goal, but we still strive to create it. PENROSE is our ever-updated offering in the quest for the perfect espresso. While the seasonal components at times may be single-origin, and at others a blend, it is always perfect for your hopper.
PENROSE also does well in the brewer – look for notes of lasting sweetness and heavy body, with a subdued acidity.
We could probably dub version 21 “origin legends” as the coffees both come from famous and long-established coffee producers. The majority of the blend is from Coopedota in Tarrazu, Costa Rica. Supplying some intense, fruity sweetness is a natural process coffee from the Koke station near Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Expect balanced sweetness, some subtle fruit, and big body.