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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.

  • Farm Kyarumba
  • Varietal SL14, SL28
  • Process Natural
  • Altitude 1,600 to 1,900 above sea level
  • Town / City Kyarumba
  • Region Kasese District
  • Owner 840 smallholder producers
  • Tasting Notes Mango, juicy, stone fruit
  • Farm Size 1,150 hectares in total
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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.

About Uganda

For many, Uganda might not the first country that comes to mind when thinking of high-quality Arabica: the country has been traditionally known as a producer of Robusta – in fact, some of the highest quality Robusta available on the market – and is reputed to even be its birthplace. However, in many regions of the country the challenges to quality Arabica production are certainly more a matter of infrastructure, history and knowledge than environment. For instance, the slopes of Mt. Elgon in the eastern reaches of the country (bordering Kenya) and on the slopes of the Mount Rwenzori, known locally as the ‘mountains of the moon’, in the Northwest bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are microclimates and terrains that are ideal for the production of high-quality coffee.