Balanced and sweet with notes of caramel toffee, mixed berries and finishes with a black tea notes, full body and medium acidity with a long aftertaste.
Roast level: medium roast.
Kyarumba is very delicious for all brewing methods.
468฿ – 2,920฿
- Country: Uganda
- Region: Kasese District/ Kyarumba
- Owner: 840 smallholder producers
- Processing: Natural
- Altitude: 1,600 to 1,900 metres above sea level
- Varietal: SL14 and SL28
For many, Uganda might not be the first country that comes to mind when thinking of high-quality Arabica coffee, especially since the country has been traditionally known as a producer of Robusta. The country has the ideal climate and geography for coffee production, yet producers do face various infrastructure challenges. The slopes of Mt. Elgon in the East (bordering Kenya) are ideally suited for the production of high-quality specialty coffee.
The Rwenzoris are a mountain range famously known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon.’ They stretch for 120 kilometres along the Western Uganda border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The snow-capped peaks reach over 5,000 metres above sea level and support glaciers that are the start of many rivers flowing down the slopes (including one source of the Nile). The slopes of this range are where the government of Uganda is promoting coffee production as a key driver for rural development.
The District of Kasese is located in the West, which includes the Rwenzoris in the northwest. This region is rich with coffee production thanks to the high altitudes and healthy soils. Kyarumba is a town located deep within the Rwenzoris and acts as a hub for the other communities within the mountains because of its large size. There are five mountain ledges in this community, leading up to the National Park. Smallholder producers here are organized into producer organization (PO) groups, and there are about 50 in Kyarumba. There are also five Agri Partners situated here, who purchase the cherry during harvest, and assist producers with agronomic advice in between harvests.
Producers here generally grow coffee on 1 hectare or less of land and grown beans and potatoes for consumption or to sell at local markets. Coffee, however, is a main cash crop here, with harvests occurring year-round. Yet, the rugged terrain makes it difficult for producers to deliver cherry to the town centre. In some cases, producers will pick unripe cherries to increase income and prevent a dangerous journey. This is not ideal for coffee quality, but these occurrences are reducing as producers learn about the benefits of selling ripe cherries to Agri Partners.
During the harvest, each producer will handpick their cherries and deliver to one of the Kyarumba buyers. The cherries are then transported to the Agri Evolve wet mill where they are submerged in water to remove floaters and sorted. The sorted cherries are then placed on raised drying racks to dry in the open sun for roughly two weeks. The cherries are frequently turned to ensure an even drying occurs. The dried cherries are then delivered to the dry mill, hulled, and prepared for export.