With volcanic soils, high altitude and an abundance of shade trees, the Mount Elgon Region in Eastern Uganda has the potential to produce world renowned specialty coffee.
By working directly with individual farmers, The Coffee Gardens are able to understand their specific needs and ambitions. Together, they work to improve coffee farming practices using climate smart and environmentally sustainable approaches.
The Coffee Gardens' partner farmers grow exceptional coffees, which we process on their micro-processing station. The station was designed to maximise the quality, consistency and traceability of these coffees.
Through this long term collaboration, farmers are now able secure higher incomes and grow their businesses for themselves and future generations.
The Coffee Gardens was established in 2017 to prove that they could offer traceable specialty coffee that was produced in a way that benefited farmers and the environment.
In late 2018, The Coffee Gardens took the next major step in their journey by setting up their own micro-coffee processing station in the valley beneath where partner farmers lived. They have implemented strict processing practices using state of the art equipment, and have a mobile app to track each batch of coffee from the gardens to the store.
The Coffee Gardens have also partnered with an experienced NGO, Vi Agroforestry, who will provide agroforestry, sustainable farm management and financial literacy training to farmers as of early 2019. This will allow them to work towards organic certification. For the community around the processing station, The Coffee Gardens is also providing purified water, as well as fertiliser from our coffee waste.
The long term strategy is to continue to offer micro-lot coffee, each fully traceable to a single garden. This will be accompanied by ongoing training and access to finance for farmers. This is for three main reasons:
1. Farmers are rewarded for higher cup scores, creating an incentive to improve coffee growing practices.
2. Customers are guaranteed that the specialty coffee they receive is directly benefiting farming communities and promoting environmental protection.
3. The Coffee Gardens can offer high quality coffee produced in an ethical way.
We have 2 washed lots from The Coffee Gardens this year:
Lot 1: FSC-1921
Cup Profile: Lemon, stone fruits and grenadine, floral notes and a silky body
Cup Score: 85.5
Lot 2: FSC-1922
Cup Profile: Apricot, lemon, orange blossom supported by layers of hazelnuts and a chocolatey finish
Cup Score: 85.5