The Q graders in our cupping lab scored this coffee 85.
The Kapchorwa coffees are part of the Mt Elgon range Coffees: located on higher slopes of Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano in Eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya. The Mount Elgon area covers an area of approximately 8,800 km2, of which roughly 4,500 km2 is used for agriculture, 1,145 km2 is taken up by the Mount Elgon national park and 200 km2 is covered by rivers, streams and wet lands. The remaining area is used for roads, urban settlement or covered by natural vegetation. On average 75-90% of total farm acreage is dedicated to coffee. Coffee is often grown in complex intercropping systems that combine coffee trees of various ages and varieties with shade trees, banana, beans and/or cocoyams. To protect the fields from soil erosion, farmers use shade trees, contour trenches, contour bunds, vegetative contours and mulch. There is still competition for land being a mountainous area and experiencing a lot of land fragmentation. Most farmers have between 2 to 4 acres of land and grow a range of crops. Coffee is the most important cash crop for the majority of the scheme farmers. Vegetable production and to a lesser extent maize production are also important cash generators. Crops produced for home consumption include banana, beans, peas, cassava, cocoyam and some potatoes. Our registered farmers in this area have been supplying sustainably grown and certified coffees to us since 2010. Our farmer group is formed by 907 farmers but only around 45 contributed to this specific lot. Kapchorwa washing station is located in Sipi sub-county of Kapchorwa district and was built in 2010. The 907 cherry farmers are organized in 35 Producer Organizations (POs). The farmers served by Kapchorwa washing station can be divided into two groups: those living at high altitude (1,800 - 2,200 mas), close to the station and those living at medium altitude (1,650 - 1,800 mas). The latter group is located at the bottom of a steep cliff below the washing station. Average farm size is 2.4 acres, whereas the average farmer has 978 coffee trees. The majority of the farmers (70%) has more than 500 trees and 6% can be considered large coffee farmers (> 3,000 trees).