Our partnership with the ever-enterprising team at Chema washing station in Uganda has continued to bear fruitful coffees. This lot is specially prepared from coffee grown on farms in Kabeywa, one of the highest-altitude communities on Mount Elgon. With flavors of green grape, brown sugar, and nut, Kabeywa is a breakthrough example of what's possible in washed Ugandan coffee.
Kabeywa is our featured coffee for the month of June.
SL-14 and SL-28
Through late-July 2021
Kapchorwa in eastern Uganda is home to a chain of volcanoes, most notably Mount Elgon, which straddles both Kenya and Uganda. The soil is rich and the elevation is high, both of which are great for coffee farming. Frequent rains keep the Sipi river flowing, creating 3 different waterfalls cascading from picturesque spots on the river's course down the mountain.
The Chema washing station sits between the first and the second waterfall and receives coffee cherries from farms 1,750 meters above sea level all the way up to 2,300 meters. The washing station provides centralized processing as well as drying for coffees grown in the region. The station also processes cherry pulp for fertilizer, has an excellent wastewater treatment system, and provides farmer outreach, training, and support.
We first purchased coffee from Chema in 2014. The following year, we reached out directly to work together, pre-contracting coffees and agreeing to pay premiums for special preparations, like a community-specific lot from Kabeywa. The coffees we purchased that year from Kabeywa represented a sea change in what we are used to tasting from Uganda and we’ve never looked back.
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