Gamatui Community, Uganda
$20.50 – $41.00
GAMATUI COMMUNITY, UGANDA COFFEE TASTE NOTES
red wine, grape popsicle, cherry tobacco, toffee
GAMATUI COMMUNITY SOURCING INFO
From the slopes of Mount Elgon, the people of the Gamatui Community harvest this unique offering. A specialty Ugandan coffee, it reflects the country’s commitment to improved harvesting and processing down to the level of the microlot. Powerful fruity notes are a signature of the Mount Elgon region’s coffee, with a delightful, dense buttered toffee finish.
Not so long ago, Uganda was best known for its DRUGAR, or Dried Ugandan Arabica. In this production model, farmers were responsible for harvesting, processing and drying coffee cherries before the product left their farm. As a result, this produced lower grade coffee. After the country’s coffee sector was liberalized, private organizations stared collaborating with farming communities. They invested in processing infrastructure. Ultimately, this redefined the quality and reputation of Ugandan coffee. It is a movement that has been mutually beneficial for the farmers as well. By selling coffee to mills, they receive faster payment, and premiums for the cherry or on the final sale price.
Gamatui is located on Mount Elgon, the oldest volcano in eastern Africa. The area’s high elevation is ideal for coffee growing. Freshly harvested cherries from the Gamatui community farms are purchased by Kawacom, a sister company of Atlantic Specialty. Then, they process the cherries at the nearby Sipi Falls Mill. Recently, Kawacom expanded from 192 raised beds to 392 and began sourcing microlot coffee from Gamatui in 2018.
As you can see, Gamatui Community, Uganda coffee represents a journey: from farm to mill, from hillside to café, from old methods to new. Anticipate a bright, sweet coffee with balanced body that pairs well with morning coffee breaks and afternoon pick me ups.
- Kapchorwa, Mt. Elgon
- 1900 MASL
- SL-34, SL-14, Bourbon
- Nov. 2019 - Jan. 2020
- Partnership Length:
- 2nd Harvest
- Sourcing Partners:
- Atlantic Specialty (importer)