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One pound of our impact trade specialty coffee, from the Paidha Mill in the Zombo District of Uganda. 25% of this coffee's G.M. is invested into low income women across the developing world to build poverty-smashing schools.
Another brand new coffee for the first week of April. Of all the hundreds of coffees we've tasted over the last few months this has been by far the standout. Imagine a cup of hot chocolate with raspberry whipped cream - this coffee is a great combination of creamy and round with some great berry juiciness. We're particularly excited to see what is sure to be the first of many incredible specialty coffees coming out of Uganda. We think this belongs alongside many of the best examples of its peers from Ethiopia and Kenya.
Focus on specialty coffee is on the rise in Uganda thanks in large part to export operations like Kawacom, which has invested in a state-of-the-art mill near the town of Paidha in the Zombo district. This coffee growing region begins west of Lake Albert’s northern tip, one of the African Great Lakes and the source of the Albert Nile. The bulk of production comes from small family owned farms where coffee is cultivated on just a few acres of land intercropped with bananas, maize, potatoes and nuts. Kawacom has helped producers improve their harvesting strategies, emphasizing the quality premiums associated with only picking cherries that have properly ripened. Access to a modern washing station gives producers the option to deliver cherries rather than bear the expense and risk of processing themselves. At the washing station, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to remove less dense coffee beans. Next the cherries are dried on raised beds for 15 to 20 days and turned regularly to ensure uniform drying. Raised beds are carefully constructed to provide proper air circulation and temperature control, for optimal drying. Kawacom has also helped train producers on best organic practices, which includes using materials like coffee pulp to make organic fertilizers creating an abundant source of plant nutrition that ensures better yields and quality.