Ibanda is a village in the northern part of Kasese District and is in one of the many valleys in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Ripe, red coffee cherries are harvested daily during the harvest season and taken to Ibanda. The cherries are weighed, assessed for quality and the farmers are paid in cash.
Ugandan coffees are in the middle of a surge in popularity at the moment, and it's easy to see why. Ibanda has the hallmarks of a great African natural – with tangy raspberry notes and a boozy finish, it's up there with the best of them.
We source our Ugandan coffees from Agri Evolve, who are invested in "farming for a better future". Farmers at Ibanda have seen the prices paid for their coffee double in recent years, thanks to investments in training and processing.
Ripe, red coffee cherries are harvested daily during the harvest season and taken to Ibanda. The cherries are weighed, assessed for quality and the farmers are paid in cash. From here trucks carry the cherries to Bugoye Coffee Station. Here the cherries are floated and graded before being sun-dried in the polytunnels to protect them from rain.
We've been working with Agri Evolve since 2018 - a Social Enterprise that is based in Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains. We knew from the beginning that they were our kind of people: as well as their exceptional coffee, their commitment to community and the environment is second-to-none.
Agri Evolve has launched the ACE2030 project, which aims to emphasise the integral link between Agriculture, Community and the Environment. To support the project, 60p from each kilo of Ugandan coffee we sell will go straight to ACE2030!
|ALTITUDE||1,400 - 2,000 MASL|
|VARIETAL||Various Heirloom varietals, SL14, SL28|
|NOTES||Raspberry, Kirsch, Creamy|
Notes from the team:
We're really lucky to be able to have such a great relationship with Agri Evolve. From our first coffee sourced from the Rwenzori Mountains (Nyabubare).
Agri Evolve, the parent company of the Rwenzori Coffee Co. is dedicated to training farmers in the latest developments in agronomy. The team behind the company and the farmers who produce this crop believe that they can help elevate the status of Ugandan coffee to a more well-regarded platform within the specialty industry.