Uganda is not as renowned for coffee quality as its east African neighbors, but our partners at the Chema washing station have been working hard to change that. This lot is specially prepared from cherries grown on farms in Kabeywa—one of the highest-altitude communities of Mount Elgon. With flavors of green grape, brown sugar, and nut, Kabeywa continues to set the bar for quality Ugandan coffee.
SL-14 and SL-34
Counter Culture only roasts the coffea arabica, but, under the species of arabica, we buy dozens of different coffee varieties from around the world. Learn more about varieties here.
Processing is the method to turn the fruit from a coffee tree into dried green coffee ready for roasting.
This refers to the elevation at which this coffee was grown.
Through late-July 2020
This refers to the amount of time this coffee will be available for purchase at Counter Culture. Availability is determined by supply and also when the coffee tastes the freshest.
Uganda is a country with incredible potential for quality coffee: Farmers are growing great varieties at high elevations, but, for years, poor processing held back the quality. Investments in washing stations and drying systems around the country have changed that, transforming the quality from potential to realized.
We first purchased coffee from the Chema washing station in 2014. It was a spot purchase*—meaning not contracted before the harvest—and we used it in blends. The following year, we reached out directly to work together, pre contracting coffees and agreeing to pay premiums for specific—instead of homogenized—lot separations. The coffees we received that year represented a sea change in what we are used to tasting from Uganda and a total breakthrough in quality. As a result of this and other recent successes, the station has continued to invest in efforts to create unique coffees.