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Uganda Bugisu Washed Arabica

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Several hundred family farmers within a radius of several miles around the mountain village of Buginyanya. On the banks of River Gibuzaale, there is a modern eco-friendly Pinhalense powered washing station where farmers come to contribute their coffee beans to this coffee. They handpick the coffee cherries once they are red, ripe, and ready, bringing these cherries for purchase at prevailing market prices. Don’t worry, our export partners keep track of who sells us what so that these farmers can get paid a premium.

From the washing station the cherries are pulped, then soaked in water to give you a clean tasting cup. These beans are then dried, brought down to the mill in Mbale, Uganda, processed and sorted, and then shipped out through Mombasa, Kenya.

Buginyanya Farmers Group, Uganda 

Elevation: 5,200 ft - 7,200 ft above sea level
5th season working with washing station
Buginyanya (in Bugisu region) 
Purchased in: Cherry
Point of purchase: Gibuzaale washing station via Kyaglanyi exporters
Means of processing: Pulping, washing, initial drying at central washing station; final drying down-mountain

The Gibuzaale Washing Station is located in Buginyanya Sub-County, Sironko District, Uganda. Buginyanya is one of the highest altitude coffee growing locations in Uganda’s renowned Bugisu region of Eastern Uganda (just along the Kenya border on Mt. Elgon).

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Quality starts with the farmer. Meet some of your farmers.

Bernard Wolimbwa
Bernard Wolimbwa
17 person family

• Bunanimi Village, Nambongo/Buginyanya, Sironko District, Bugisu Region, Uganda
• 6,200 ft. elevation

(photo: Bernard W. with his son, Geoffrey)

Bernard has been farming coffee for 17 years and is currently setting up the first plantation in Eastern Uganda (there currently exists one in Rwenzori, in Western Uganda). Owns 22 hectares, and manages roughly 30,000 coffee trees. Calls his farm ‘Nacofa’ (Nambongo Company Farm), and expects first quality yield from the estate in 2009/2010.


(Bernard's video - larger version here)

Sam Kauka
Sam Kauka
55 years old

• Buginanya Subcounty, Sironko District, Bugisu Region, Uganda
• 6,250 ft. elevation
• 01– 16.28 N x 34 – 22.95 E - Download Sam’s Google Earth location

(photo: Sam and his children on the farm)

Sam has been in the coffee farming business for about 22 years now and manages an estimated 250 coffee trees. He says he grows coffee because its is the only cash crop – while other crops such as banana or beans can provide some income and subsistence, this cash crop allows him to truly use his land as his business.


(Sam's video - larger version here)

Topista and Joseph Naimisi
Topista and Joseph Naimisi
6 children

• Gabagi Village, Buginyanya Subcounty, Bugisu, Uganda
• FARM : 2,000 trees (est.)
• Bugisu Washed Arabica
• 6,240 ft. elevation

TOPISTA works on the farm and is also a local elementary school teacher. She applies the principles of the classroom to her garden. “Quality coffee begins straight away from the garden. Your garden must be smart.” Their earnings from coffee are used for school fees, growing their small shop, and buying more land for bigger and better coffee yields.

JOSEPH’S message to coffee drinkers: “They are welcome to come and buy our coffee; they are welcome to come and talk to me and other farmers!”


(Joseph's video - larger version here)

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Peter GimuIi
Peter GimuIi
40 years old • married, 6 children

Vice Chairman, Bufumbo/Masira Coffee Farmers Association
• Bufumbo Parish, Masira Subcounty, Bugisu, Uganda
• FARM : 5,000 trees (est.)
• Bugisu Washed Arabica
• 6,430 ft. elevation

Peter and his wife Jennifer raise 1 cow, 2 goats, chickens, and 3 rabbits in addition to their various crops, including coffee. As a family man, Peter’s coffee earnings are used to educate his six children. Peter also recently set up a small nursery to expand his farm and assist his neighbors with new coffee tree seedlings.

Godfrey Bwayo
Godfrey Bwayo
34 years old • Married, 6 children

• Manafa District, Bugisu, Uganda
• FARM : 1,200 trees (est.)
• Bugisu Washed Arabica
• 4,650 ft. elevation

GODFREY’S grandfather started growing coffee, and passed this knowledge down to Godfrey’s father and to Godfrey himself, who started growing coffee at the age of 20. Each generation has built its homes and schooled their children with coffee.

An early morning coffee drinker, he describes his coffee’s taste as “tastes so good…. You can take it without any sugar and feel very comfortable”.

Meresi Wagambala
Meresi Wagambala
6 children, 10 grandchildren

• Buginyanya Subcounty, Bugisu, Uganda
• Bugisu Washed Arabica
• FARM : 5,000 trees (est.)
• 6,240 ft. elevation

MERESI began coffee farming with her husband 30 years ago. Now a widow, she manages the farm on her own and with a bit of help from her children and grandchildren. An expert in plant care, she runs a community demonstration plot to educate her fellow farmers on how to improve their coffee, improve their earnings, and improve their lives. Eucalyptus, banana trees and nearly a dozen other plants also grow on her farm. This protects the strength and nutrients of her soil and the habitat of local and migratory birds.

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Boniface Wetebe
Boniface Wetebe
55 years old

• Buginyanya Subcounty, Bugisu, Uganda
• FARM : 4,000 trees (est.)
• Bugisu Washed Arabica
• 6,200 ft. elevation

BONIFACE is, at age 55, considered a muzeh (old-timer). He reflects, “coffee was brought here in 1924…My father and grandfathers kept [trees] and up to now I continue to keep coffee. And I also continue to help you in the knowledge of coffee.”

On coffee, Boniface adds, “To produce good quality of coffee you must organize with your family and plant good seedlings, keep a good garden with manure. You pick only red cherry, wash and dry well.”

“To keep organic you must first have a cow. This is my cow”

Stephen Wobibi

• Lead Scientist and Manager, Buginyanya Field Branch of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO)

(Stephen's video - larger version here)

As head of the Buginyanya Field Branch of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Stephen Wobibi has many responsibilities. He must conquer leaf rust and wilting disease, defeat pests, and convince farmers to 'stump' their trees. Of all his tasks, the last is the most challenging. For leaf rust and wilting disease, Stephen prescribes proper pruning, tree spacing, and keeping a clean garden. For pests, Stephen applies ash to keep away the ants - without ants to eat up the trees’ sugary byproduct, common pests cannot live. For stumping, Stephen has not yet found a good way to explain to farmers that cutting off overgrown stalks of coffee trees (which then cuts off a tree’s income for a short time), is good for the long-term.

NARO takes its knowledge to the farmers; Stephen selects and introduces new varieties of trees, and educates local farmers on how best to care for their crop.

Erisa Wandwasi
Erisa Wandwasi

Chairman, Sobi Growers Cooperative Society
• Kato Subcounty, Manafwa District, Uganda
• FARM: 5,000 trees (est.)
• Bugisu Washed Arabica
• 4,600 ft. elevation

Erisa is a leader in his farming community through his participation in local organizations and also his services.  In addition to his role with the local Sobi Growers Cooperative Society, he is Director of the Bugisu Cooperative Union’s Bubulo Zone.  His work with these two organizations and his large coffee tree nursery provide valuable assistance to his neighbors and those throughout the region.  As you can see in his video, Erisa is proud of everything he grows and raises – not just coffee.

(Erisa's video - larger version here)

 

Sebei Specialty Washed Arabica

Up-mountain from the Bugisu region in Uganda is an area known as Kapchowra. The people who live in Kapchowra are of a different tribe called the Sebei. In 2010 we began getting coffee from organized farmer groups in this region. These farmers pick, wash, and dry their coffee at their home, selling the dry coffee to our exporting partners through their community farmer organization.

 

Kapchowra Washing Station

Elevation: 5,200 ft - 7,100 ft above sea level
2nd season working with farmer groups
 
Point of purchase: Kapchorwa Farmers Groups
Means of processing: Pulping, washing and drying done on the farm by hand pulper, small-scale washing tanks, and drying beds.
 
The Kapchorwa region spans one of Mt. Elgon’s great plateaus. On it live the Sebei people, proud farmers whose language (Kupsabiny) differs greatly from the rest of Ugandans. These farmer groups produce some really clean, flavorful coffee.

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Burundi Bukeye

Buhorwa Washing Station, Burundi

Elevation: 5,800 ft - 6,200 ft above sea level
Purchased in: Cherry
Point of purchase: Buhowa Washing Station, Bukeye Commune, Muramvya Province, Burundi
Means of processing: Pulping, washing and drying done centrally at washing station.

A cornerstone of Crop to Cup's direct-trade model. Enjoy this super unique coffee from the Buhorwa Washing Station, in Bukeye Commune, Muramvya Province, Burundi.

Buhorwa is the second highest altitude station in Burundi, and you'll find that signature high altitude sweetness popping out brightly in this bean, through sweet juicy hints of orange and subtle snippets of vanilla. But the fun doesn't stop there - brewed correctly, you just may find its holy grail full of cardamom spice, honey and caramel.

Smooth and juicy, complex and calming - that's what so wild and friendly about Burundi Bukeye.

On top of all that great flavor is one of the best stories in specialty coffee today. Check out Crop to Cup's signature Whole Crop Project on our blog, and check back often for our reports from the field, such as this one and this one. Take a journey right now to Bukeye, through our Burundi photostream, and through our detailed Bukeye origin map. This map is perhaps the most detailed traceability you can find for a coffee today. Visit our blog for most information about the map and links to the original kmz file (for viewing in Google Earth, which is our recommended mode of viewing).

Presented in a medium roast

 

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