This coffee is farmed way up in the clouds. Hand picked by the Bukonzo Farmers Group of the Bakonzo tribe within the Rwenzori Mountain Range (famously known as the Mountains of the Moon) that stretches 120km along the edge of Western Uganda, boarding the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is some of the highest farmed coffee in the world.
But who cares? What is the whole thing with MASL (meters above sea level) anyhow? Well, when it comes to growing coffee beans, or really any plant, the higher up you are, and the colder the weather and thinner the air, the more the fruit needs to fight to survive. Coffee plants at these altitudes produce an extra dense fruit around their seed in order to stay warm and insulated. This results in a particularly flavorful coffee bean as a result.
On top of the high altitude, this region has plentiful rainfall and the coffee plants are shaded by banana trees. Sounds almost like a song. Under the shade of banana trees! La la la di da!
Working as a united crew of share farmers, the Bukonzo Farmers have worked hard to improve the processing and increase the quality control of their farms recently. It is important to their well being for both income and local consumption. In addition to these incredible beans, they also produce casava, maize, beans and groundnuts for local use.
This is a naturally processed coffee so expect wild fruit flavors in your cup. This will open your mind up as to what to expect from Uganda's finest coffee farmers in the future. We're excited to share this rare and limited batch coffee with you. Even during Uganda's times of political trouble, we hope we can snag their next harvest and support these forward-thinking specialty grade farmers. Enjoy!