Farm: Kisinga Coffee Station
Altitude: 1820 masi
Varieties: SL14 SL28
Funk Delicious is a selection of coffees that explore the spectrum of fruit flavours that can be found in coffee.
Tropical Fruit, Lychee, Mandarin Orange, Floral
The magnificent Rwenzori Mountains, famously known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’, stretch for 120km along Western Uganda and are home to the Bakonzo tribe. The high altitude, fertile soils and plentiful rainfall provide perfect conditions for growing coffee trees beans, while the pristine snow-capped peaks and the glaciers give rise to many rivers.
The Rwenzori region has a long coffee tradition. With on average 2 acres, Bakonzo farmers manually process their cherries. Coffee is a source of income that allows small growers to support their families and improve their homes. While farmers traditionally sell parchment and kibokos (dried cherries), more and more choose to sell their freshly-picked red cherries to washing-stations. This enables farmers to access quick payment for coffee, and takes away the risk of drying coffee, many of whom are not well equipped to dry coffee.
Kyagalanyi Coffee Limited, and its partner in Rwenzori, Agri Evolve Ltd., are operating two washing stations in Kasese, in the heart of Rwenzori. While the Rwenzoris are known for producing almost exclusively Naturals (95%), our washing stations produce fully-washed, honeys and also experiment with Pura Cepa fermentations.
Located 25km southwest of Kasese, the Kisinga Washing Station was built in 2015 to explore the full potential of Rwenzori’s arabica coffee and to support farmers improving their yields, profits and subsequently their living conditions.
In response to the growing number of farmers delivering their cherries to the washing station, Agri Evolve and Kyagalanyi built a second washing station in 2019, in Bugoye, north of the Kasese district.
Instead of just focusing on the processing of the cherries, Jonny from Agri Evolve and his team mobilized the whole community to take a vested interest in coffee production: from empowering farmers in the care of the coffee trees — with the implementation of the Volcafe Way program — to the importance of picking only red cherries, or implementing basics social benefits helping the workers in the long-run. Employees of Agri Evolve benefit from health insurance, a pension plan and receive their wages on a bank account (this practice — which helps build up savings — is not common in Uganda)
The success of the project relies on the deep-rooted commitment to economic sustainability with a clear commercial view, not just a charitable one. As Jonny says: “The best way to help the community is to buy their coffee!”