Uganda Bukonzo, FTO Select

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Uganda Bukonzo, FTO Select

19.75

Cupping Notes: Cocoa, Orange-Fig, Dark Cherry

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Coffee Review gives our Uganda Bukonzo 93-points: "Zesty but deeply and resonantly nut-toned. Roasted cashew, oak, apricot, orange zest, magnolia-like flowers in aroma and cup."

We're pleased to bring you this Uganda Fair Trade(TM) coffee. This is a fully washed coffee varietal from the Bukonzo Organics Cooperative Union, comprised of 1,975 small plot farmers at good altitude (harder, sweeter beans) between 3,900 and 4,900 feet in the Rwenzori Mountains.

"Uganda is located on an equatorial plateau extending from 3,200 ft in the lowlands up to 16,000 ft at its peaks in the Rwenzoris. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa, but ranks second in the continent’s coffee production and seventh on the world stage. Yes, a country the size of Oregon produces more coffee than Kenya or Tanzania. Unlike Kenya or Tanzania, however, coffee estates or plantations are not common in Uganda, accounting for less than 7% of all coffee production. Uganda’s estimated 1.3 smallholder coffee farmers each own, on average, half a hectare of land. 

"Behind these numbers is a story of a mighty force for change. This is the story of Ugandan coffee: it is a tiny country, with tiny farms, that is making mighty strides through unique specialty coffees and progressive agricultural research programs.

"The Congolese-Ugandan border is divided by the Rwenzori Mountain Range, otherwise known as the "Mountains of the Moon". This is the western-most reach of the Great Rift Valley. While cotton is king in this part of Africa, around the towns of Ft. Portal and Kasese you can find some stand-up Arabica. A majority of this is being produced as a natural coffee, known as a 'Dried Ugandan Arabica' or Drugar. A few hard working farmers are investing in flotating tanks and raised drying bed to make this a coffee that can come to America. Other forward-thinking farmers have embraced washing stations as the route to specialty. We are proud to be working with two motivated groups; the Kika Cooperative (naturals) and the Bukonzo Organics Coffee Cooperative (washed), both of whom are eager to earn a name for their coffee and for themselves." 
Narrative from importer, Crop to Cup