Java Roasters Whole Bean Coffee · KapchorwaRegular price $19.95 Save $-19.95
Tasting Notes: Banana bread, chocolate nougat, walnut
Roast Profile: Filter
Location: Sipi Falls, Mt. Elgon
Farm: San Isidro
Producer: Smallholder Farmers
Washing Station: Kapchorwa
Variety: SL14, SL28
Elevation (MASL): 1,500 - 2,100
The Kapchorwa group is formed around Kaphorwa washing station
and represents some of the highest altitude coffees from Mt Elgon. In this area, Kyagalanyi permanent extension staff work with 997
smallholder farmers organised into 35 UTZ certified farmer groups.
Most of these farmer groups have been working together since 2008.
A total of 175 farmers delivered cherries for this Kapchorwa lot.
All participating farmers are smallholders whose families have grown
coffee for generations. The average farm size is only around 1
hectare, and on this most families also farm a variety of subsistence
crops such as matooke (cooking banana) and fruit trees, beans,
peas, millet and coco yam.
The people here are of the Sebei tribe, with language, features
and customs more akin to the nomadic Karamojong or Masai to
the north and east than their more pastoral neighbors – the
Buganda and Bugisu – whose ancestry traces west to the Africa’s
interior. Because of this difference the two tribes did not get along
for some time; even up until 2004, when staff from Crop to Cup first
visited the area, members of the two tribes were not allowed to
intermarry. The Sebei being the minority, all coffee came down
mountain marked as Bugisu AA – there was no designation for
keeping coffee from Kapchorwa separate. But they immediately
saw the potential for quality and differentiation, and by 2005 they were able to start marketing coffee from Kapchorwa.