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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

Country:
Uganda
Region:
Kapchorwa, Mt. Elgon
Altitude:
1900 MASL
Process:
Natural
Varietal:
SL-34, SL-14, Bourbon
Harvest:
Nov. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Sourcing Partners:
Atlantic Specialty (importer)
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