Uganda Bukonzo Organic
This organic and fair trade selection from the Bukonzo Coop is a standout among East African coffees. It almost has more in common with Indonesian coffee so expect a big body, buttery texture and notes of cocoa, brown sugar and raisin.
Arrival Date: April 1st, 2020
Acidity & Brightness: Mild Acidity, moderately bright
Balance & Finish: Slightly complex with a lingering, dry finish (think red wine)
Body & Texture: Rich Body, buttery texture
Flavors: Cocoa, brown sugar and raisin
Grade: A, grown at 1200-1500 masl
Certifications: Organic and fair trade
Processing: Fully Washed, Shade grown, hand picked, sun dried on raised tables
Varietals: Bourbon SL14, SL28
Roasting: Start with Full City (Medium) or just as second crack starts. This is where we prefer this coffee, but it's also great taken a bit darker into Full City + and even Vienna (Medium-Dark). It's a versatile bean and roasts very evenly.
Reminder! This is raw coffee, you must roast it before brewing.
Our Review: The Bukonzo Organic Farmers Co-operative Union (BOCU) is committed to sustainable coffee production in Western Uganda. The Union is made up of 1,975 smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women. BOCU has invested in social programs and technical training for its members and continues to push for better coffee production. To that end, producers have established shade trees throughout their farms, allowing coffee to be shielded from the sun, resulting in a slower maturation process. Producers have also built terraces and planted ground cover crops to help manage erosion.
This is our first coffee from the Bukonzo Co-op and we were excited to give it a try! Living up to our expectations, it's a unique coffee among East African selections. Almost bearing more in common with Indonesian coffee, expect slight complexity and a rich, buttery texture. The African influence is seen in the finish, which is dry and slightly winey. Look for notes of cocoa, brown sugar and raisin.