Country - Uganda
Processing Partner – Zombo Coffee Partners / Culamuk Women's Group
Altitude – 1600-1800 masl
Location – Paidha
Process – Natural
Varietal – SL14
Tasting Notes - Cherry, Blueberry, Dark Chocolate
Zombo Coffee is a speciality coffee company working with smallholder farmers in Uganda. Their home is on the banks of the River Nile and borders The Democratic Republic of Congo.
Zombo Coffee Partners are a hybrid of a private company, cooperative, milling station, NGO and exporter. They are focused on forming close relationships with smallholder farmers across the West Nile Region. Their guiding principles are to pay a fair price to farmers ensuring a sustainable livelihood. Sharing any profits with farmers every year as well as offering shares in their business to the farming groups that they work with.
This unique approach ensures that farmers are included in any decisions about the coffee they produce and ultimately see benefit from the proceeds of international sales of their coffees.
In 2015, Oxfam Uganda and Twin UK partnered up to produce a micro-station in 2 months, which enabled them to produce a small volume of high-quality coffee. They sold this high scoring coffee to Atlas Coffee Importers in Seattle, as well as additional coffee sourced from Leda and Pamitu micro stations.
The Culamuk micro station has a female led workforce. A total of 63 women are responsible for the commercial and agricultural spheres of the micro station. The average annual yield for the station is 6,139kgs which is cultivated with 39,680 coffee trees. The small scale operation promotes self management, financial empowerment and refined quality. The model is built upon consistent quality and farmer autonomy subsequently providing improved income for farmers and their families.