Uganda Mt. Elgon Natural

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REGION: Mt Elgon

ALTITUDE: 1700- 2000 masl

VARIETAL: SL14, SL28, Catimor

PROCESS: Natural

TASTING NOTES:  Floral, mango, winey, tropical fruit punch, lactic acidity, medium body

 

BACKGROUND

Gibuzale is part of an Arabica-focused area on the middle

and lower slopes of Mt. Elgon, an inactive volcano in Eastern

Uganda. Gibuzale is home to the Gibuzale Washing Station,

the most remote of all the Kyagalanyi stations. Even though

the landscape has difficulties due to heavy rains, the farmers

bring their cherries to sell in the washing station.

The climate has traditionally been predominantly rainy

during the harvesting months, however a changing climate is

bringing less rain and higher temperatures, making the

choice of drought-resistant varieties.

In areas with rainfall occurring throughout the drying

period, farmers often use raised African beds, which allow

air to circulate under the coffee and, water to drain away

easily. The raised beds are quite high off the ground and

made with a wooden frame and nylon mesh for drainage.

The coffee is raked, turned and dried in the same way as

patio drying but with the bonus of the raised beds, which

generally result in a better drying and an improved quality

finished product.