In the Nebbi district of the Blue Mountains, overlooking the confluence of the Victoria Nile and Albert Nile comes this incredible coffee. The coffee is grown at about 4,500 feet in an area of plentiful rainfall and rich soil. The coffee trees are intercropped with traditional food crops and shade trees. Shade trees are key to the organic quality as they provide home to many birds who rid the coffee plants of insects. The area is home to the Alur people of the Luo tribe. Each family has its own plot of land (mostly less than 1.5 acres). At harvest time, the families get together and selectively hand pick the ripened cherries and sun dry them on straw mats under the hot equatorial sun.
Due to political turmoil in Uganda from 1972 to 1986, the coffee industry was crippled. Through the development of this organic coffee project 45,000 farmers are now selling directly to organic coffee developers, not middlemen. The developers in turn monitor and improve quality standards, thus genuinely increasing the premiums the farmers receive for their coffee.
The bean, an Arabica Okora, is a rare type that grows only in East Africa. Jim roasts it to lighter, ‘city roast.’ This highlights all the unique character without “burning it off.” The unique cup gives delicate hints of berry and spice. This is the first certified organic from Africa - 7 years in waiting! It is certainly worth the wait both in taste and in the truly special feeling it will bring you in tasting an organic product from the headwaters of the Nile River.
Certified kosher by Vaad Hakashrus of Massachusetts