Uganda Sipi Falls Project

 Juicy with notes of stone fruit, black currants and caramel.

Process: Washed.
Varietal: SL14 & SL28.
Elevation: 1300-2000 metres above sea level.
Origin: Kawacom Sipi Falls Sustainable Project, Mt. Elgon region, Eastern Uganda.
Certifications: Organic.
Best as: Filter.

Sipi Falls is a three phase waterfall that plunges down the slopes of Mt. Elgon -  once thought to be the tallest mountain in Africa due to its enormous base, which covers 3,500 square kilometres across Eastern Uganda and Kenya.

For many, Uganda might not be the first country that comes to mind when thinking of high quality Arabica - the country has been traditionally known as a producer of Robusta - however, Ugandan slopes of Mt. Elgon are ideally suited for growing high quality speciality Arabica coffee.

The Sipi Falls Sustainable Project, focusing on production of organic Arabica of the highest quality was initiated in 1999 in Uganda's Kapchorwa district - high on the slopes of Mt. Elgon, where altitudes range from 1300 metres, climbing up to 2200 metres above sea level.  Arabica has always been the main cash crop here and is normally grown other crops such as banana and beans.

Kawacom, the driving force behind this quality driven project, began with an impressive 5,000 smallholder farmers with an average of 0.5 ha each under coffee.  These farmers, all keen to participate in higher value speciality markets, were trained in socially and environmentally responsible coffee growing practices and efficient farm management with the aim of certifying and marketing their coffee on the international coffee scene.  

In 2002, the project received its very first Organic certificate.  Today, the project has expanded significantly and reaches over 10,000 smallholder farmers, many of whom not only receive higher prices for the higher quality coffee, but also participate in other social and environmental programmes.

Kawacom has heavily encouraged renovation activities amongst project participants and has, for the past several years, distributed approximately 200,000 coffee seedlings annually to its partner farmers.  These SL14 & SL28 varietals, normally used in Kenya, are well suited to the climate of the region and produce high cup quality.

Soil fertility is maintained by regular application of composted manure and by establishing cover crops.  Mo synthetic fertilisers or pesticides are used. In order to control pest damage, chilies, wood ash (containing potassium) and marigold are used.

Kawacom has also worked to establish ecological awareness programmes, such as preventing deforestation by encouraging and financially facilitating the implementation of energy efficient cooking stoves that use bio-gas for fuel.  They are currently investing in rainwater harversting tanks that will be installed at farmers' homes to collect rain water for domestic use.

This coffee is certified Organic.

Standard bag size is 250 g net.  500 g option is available as whole beans only.

 


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