A naturally processed single-origin coffee that weaves adventure, uniqueness, and personality into every sip.
|Tasting Notes||Honey, Berries, Citrus|
Kapchorwa - Mt. Elgon
|Producer||Gamatui Community - Processed by the Sipi Falls Washing Station|
Natural processed coffee in Uganda is often considered some of the lowest grade coffee roasters can purchase. This grade of coffee, called DRUGAR (Dried Ugandan Arabica), is often strip picked- (mostly under-ripe) and dried on tarps on the ground. In 2015, Kawacom in Uganda set out to change what DRUGAR could be. They started with better picking and sorting practices. This was only the start and had to be combined with an immense investment into an infrastructure for meticulous drying and storage. With these two measures the natural processed lots coming from Kawacom, in partnership with the communities around them, are redefining not just what natural processed coffees from Uganda are, but re-defining the coffee from Uganda as a whole.
Gamatui is a community located in eastern Uganda on the slopes on Mount Elgon. This area is famous for the many beautiful Sipi waterfalls, which a few are located close to the Gamatui community. This area is also one of the highest elevation coffee producing areas in the country, and the producers here are recognized as some of the most quality dedicated as well. This is processed by Kawacom, at their Sipi Falls washing station that is located just a few kilometers from Gamatui.
Kawacom started in Uganda in 1999, buying parchment and selling mostly Bugisu semi-washed (farmer processed coffee). In 2012, Kawacom completed the build-out of the Sipi Falls washing station on Mount Elgon, allowing them much more control of their quality. Recently, Kawacom has expanded in the region of Kasese in the west of Uganda on the Rwenzori Mountains with their Maliba project. Kawacom also expanded in the Northwest of Uganda with their White Nile project which started in 2017 as washed coffee, but in 2018 offered both washed and natural.
Kawacom started focusing on community specific microlot selections in 2015, and have since taken 1st place in the AFCA Taste of Harvest in Uganda for their natural, washed, and honey processed coffees on multiple occasions. To produce their top lots, the Sipi Falls washing station selects specific days when they know they can talk and work with the community to get better cherry selection.