Mount Elgon, Uganda
A syrupy-sweet traditional cup of coffee. Tiny but mighty, Uganda is one of the smallest African coffee producers by land mass but huge in terms of production, ranking 7th in the world. This washed lot is from Kyagalanyi Gibuzale, part of an Arabica-focused area on the slopes of Mt. Elgon, an inactive volcano in Eastern Uganda, on the border with Kenya.
Gibuzale is part of an Arabica-focused area on the middle and lower slopes of Mt. Elgon, an inactive volcano in Eastern Uganda, on the border with Kenya. The Gibuzale Washing Station, which literally translates to where farmers bring their cherries to sell, is the most remote of all the Kyagalanyi (pronounced CHUG-uh-lani) stations. During the heavy rains, access to the station can become quite difficult. Traditionally, long rain patterns have lasted from April through December, but recent changing climate conditions have yielding less rain and higher temperatures. The average farm size is 0.89 hectares (2.2 acres) and each farmer has around 950 coffees trees.