Uganda Wugar Bukonzo Medium Roast
This coffee has a sparkling acidity, smooth body and flavours of chocolate with hints of stone fruit.
The Bukonzo Joint Cooperative formed in 1999 and founded to serve the poor, isolated farming communities in Bukonzo county, which, due to war, poverty, and location, have been marginalized in the past. The central focus of the Cooperative’s operations is offering sustainable financial and capacity building services to the economically disadvantaged.
Bukonzo Joint is committed to improving the living standards of the rural poor, and ensuring that they are active participants in the economic, social, and political development of Bukonzo county. Bukonzo Joint’s activities are funded by its members, by its micro-finance revenues, and by organizations that support the Cooperative’s training and business development efforts. Each of the 72 Farming Groups operate their own Village Savings and Loans Associations, to assist their members to communicate with each other, learn from each other and to finance the growth of the infrastructure, education and standard of living of their members. The farmers are encouraged by their trainers with both graphic school room education and on farm guidance, to promote good farm husbandry and to ensure quality farming and everything that comes with it.
The trainers further encouraging the farmers to graphically note their present status in terms of their financial circumstances, their assets and crops and to set annual growth goals. It is a system of encouragement that has proved to be highly successful and with most farmers steadily improving their yields and standard of living.
Region: Bukonzo County, Rwenzoru Mountain Range
Cooperative: Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union
Farmers: 1,753 members, 72 Farming Groups
Altitude: 1,400 - 2,100 metres above sea level
Variety: Nyasaland, SL14, SL28
Available in 200g, 450g and 1kg resealable bags made of recycled materials.
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I like to try new coffee beans but wasn't sure at first with this one. However, with an adjustment to the grind and the amount I was using in the filter, I've begun liking it the more I drink; though I usually only drink coffee once a day. I get the smooth body with hints of chocolate and stone fruits, and the acidity is quite lip-smacking so I use just a little sugar to soften things up. I brew espresso and this coffee gives excellent crema from my machine. Different to what I normally drink but it could grow on me. I certainly like the fact that it's produced from a co-operative working to make life better for those facing economic difficulty. A good find.