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Uganda Drugar Natural

Origin Uganda /

Altitude 1 100 - 1 500 masl /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal KP162 SL14 and KP423 SL28 /

Product Code 6842

About Uganda Drugar Natural

Ugandan’s Arabica’s coffee is known locally as DRUGAR meaning Dry Ugandan Arabica. A type of Natural process where farmers dry unsorted cherry on the ground in the small spaces they have available to them. Mount Elgon in the East and the Rwenzori’s in the West provided virtually ideal conditions for growing Arabica.

In Uganda we have team of experienced Ugandan coffee folk who are the tip of the spear for building our network among local producers. They have great knowledge of the region and will ensure that we are able to procure cherry, but also connect meaningfully with the people who are our long-term partners on this; the farmers.

Our FarmerHub and Kahawatu programmes lead the way in giving farmers access to better resources and better training. These projects will be the backbone of the focus on sustainability in the region. Along with close assistance to farmers, they will ensure that standards are met to have as many certified producers working with us as possible, increasing the earning potential of individual farmers and giving the region crucial stability around agricultural and social practices.

About Uganda

Coffee has been actively cultivated across Uganda for over a century. Some European and Asian farmers had built the first plantations by 1914, with both Arabica and Robusta growing in the region by this time. The early days were rocky, and issues with price in the 1920’s caused a serious reduction in investment in coffee cultivation. However, the plantations, and heritage of growing coffee would survive this depression. In the early days, coffee farms were mostly located across Central Uganda. The lower lying lands of this central region would prove to be ideal for the cultivation of the Robusta species. Like with most of these things, social and economic conditions are a couple of underlying forces that play their part in the growth of different products within the agricultural sector. Being a prolific producer of Robusta, a more hardy and easier to grow species, Arabica was forced into a supporting role within Uganda. To this day, nationwide, the ratio of Robust to Arabica production is 80:20. This meant that the specialty sector never quite set it roots in the way that the commercial Robusta crop could. Until recently. A combination of increased leadership and investment in the coffee sector, starting in the early 90’s with the liberalisation of the coffee industry allowed people to begin seriously cultivating and earning money from Arabica’s.