The Coffee Gardens

DIRECT. ETHICAL.
SPECIALTY.

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THE COFFEE GARDENS

In partnership with select coffee farmers in Eastern Uganda, we offer specialty Arabica coffee in green bean to artisanal roasters and coffee shops. All our coffee is fully traceable to its garden of origin, and produced to high ethical standards at our micro-processing station in the foothills of Mount Elgon.

OUR VISION

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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, we are able to understand their specific needs and ambitions. We work together to improve coffee farming practices using climate smart and environmentally sustainable approaches.

Our partner farmers grow exceptional coffees, which we process on our micro-processing station. We designed our station to maximise to the quality, consistency and traceability of our coffee, which we offer to world markets.

Through a long term collaboration, our farmers are now able secure higher incomes and grow their businesses for themselves and future generations.

Our APPROACH

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When we started The Coffee Gardens in 2017, we wanted to prove we could offer traceable specialty coffee that was produced in a way that benefited farmers and the environment.

In late 2018, we took the next major step in our journey: we set up our own micro-coffee processing station in the valley beneath our farmers and grew our team. We 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.

Our partner farmers are happy to work with us and are helping us grow our network of coffee growers. We have also partnered with an experienced NGO, Vi Agroforestry, who will provide agroforestry, sustainable farm management and financial literacy training to our farmers in early 2019. This will allow us to work towards organic certification. For the community around our processing station, we are providing purified water and fertiliser from our coffee waste.

Our long term strategy is to continue to primarily 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. Our farmers are rewarded for higher cup scores, creating an incentive to improve coffee growing practices.

  2. Our customers are guaranteed that the specialty coffee they receive is directly benefiting farming communities and promoting environmental protection.

  3. Our business offers high quality coffee produced in an ethical way.

request a sample

Our 2018/2019 harvest has sold out.

The 2019/2020 main harvest season will start in September.

If you are interested in learning more about our work or have any specific questions, please feel free to contact us via email or the link below.

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