Kalingwe is a village just to the west of Kisinga Coffee Station, though it is significantly higher up in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. The village is at 1900 masl and the farmers of the community live and farm from there up to 2100 masl. Farmers typically each have about 2 acres of land and coffee is their main cash crop.
One of the lead farmers is Biira Christine, who together with her family has about 350 coffee trees throughout her plot of land. Road access is poor and collecting the cherries from Kalingwe by truck has not been possible. However, Agri Evolve has arranged for a team of donkeys to be used in this area, and this is enabling the farmers to concentrate on the coffee and leave the donkeywork of carrying the cherries down the mountain tracks, to the donkeys!
Agri Evolve, the parent company of the Rwenzori Coffee Co. is dedicated to training farmers in the latest developments in agronomy - 'farming for a better future', as is stated in their motto. 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.
|ALTITUDE||1,900 - 2,100 MASL|
|VARIETAL||Various Heirloom varietals, SL14, SL28|
|NOTES||Mango, Mandarin Orange, Bright|
Notes from the team:
As I sit here writing this, drinking out of my Agri Evolve mug, I can't help but think back to our first encounter with Martin, who dropped by the roastery last year, armed with a bag of green coffee, and a load of passion.
We bought 30kg on the spot, knowing that this relationship would be one we wanted to nurture, and see what came of Agri Evolve's involvement with the Ugandan coffee scene. This third lot from the Rwenzori Coffee Company is exactly what we hoped it would be. Cheers, Martin!