Uganda Mountain Harvest Organically Grown Crown Jewel - 12oz. Bag

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Weight: 12 oz. Bag
Grind: Whole Bean
Price:
Sale price$22.00

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Description

Intro

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This batch of Uganda is a centrally processed, fully washed, raised-bed-dried coffee from Mt. Elgon. It is produced by farmers organized around Mountain Harvest. It is certified organic.

The flavor profile is that of white peach, peanut butter and brown sugar.

Coffee Drying on Raised Beds

Origin Information

Grower - 850 smallholders organized around Mountain Harvest Uganda
Cultivar - SL-14, Nyasaland
Region - Mt. Elgon, Uganda
Harvest - October - February
Elevation - 1600 – 2200 masl
Process - Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Certified - Organically Grown

Flavor

White peach, peanut butter, brown sugar.

Roast

We roasted this batch of Uganda to a full medium roast. Depending on the grind and brewing method, this Uganda Mountain Harvest Crown Jewel can produce notes of white peach, peanut butter and brown sugar.

Brewing

As with most Top-Shelf coffees, we suggest using the pour-over method to maximized the aroma and flavor of this Crown Jewel coffee using a 1:16 coffee to water ratio with the water between 200F and 205F. Once grounds are placed in the filter, pre-soak grounds by covering with water for ~30sec to allow for blooming, then finish with either a steady pour or a couple of short pours to complete the brewing process.

Producer / Source Background

By Charlie Habegger, Royal Coffee

Producer, Grower, SourceMount Elgon is a massive peak split nearly in two by the border of Uganda and Kenya. The “mountain” itself, now an extinct shield volcano, is more an enormous expanse of successive plateaus that float dramatically above the surrounding valley floor. It is also home to a dense patchwork of farming communities growing some of the best organic coffee in Africa.

Mountain Harvest is a very young and big-thinking group, first established in 2017. The company is dedicated to long-term economic and environmental sustainability for smallholders on Mt. Elgon. These farmers are Uganda’s highest and most diversified coffee growers with incredible quality potential thanks to the climate, soil fertility, and a longstanding culture of land stewardship, but who historically struggle to meet specialty standards by processing coffee in tiny amounts on homemade equipment.

In an effort to raise the economic standard in remote coffee-growing Elgon communities, Mountain Harvest began as an impact investing project underwritten by Lutheran World Relief (LWR). It has expanded in just a few years to include farmer education and training, central processing infrastructure, storage facilities throughout the region, detailed quality control, and international marketing. As of this year Mountain Harvest works with 850 individual smallholders across 8 communities on Mt. Elgon, with each farm growing between 600-1,000 coffee trees. And their coffee stands up to the best fully washed Uganda arabicas we typically taste all year.

The vast majority of coffee managed by Mountain Harvest is traditionally processed by farmers at home and delivered as parchment. This coffee, however, is a centrally-processed honey microlot from select communities within Mountain Harvest’s farmer network: fresh picked cherry was transported directly from select farms in sealed drums to an experimental processing site constructed by Mountain Harvest near their headquarters in Mbale, where it was immediately sorted and put out to slowly sun-dry to 10% moisture, all of which is overseen by Mountain Harvest’s processing manager, Ibra Kiganda. The final dried coffee is then conditioned for two weeks in a temperature-controlled warehouse prior to sampling for quality assessment.

Over the course of a full harvest coffees are built into blended containers, single-community lots, experimental centrally-processed lots like this one, and single-delivery microlots for sale. Mountain Harvest’s minimum pricing is 10-30% above local market prices. Unlike other regional buyers who exclusively process centrally or buy lower grade smallholder parchment, Mountain Harvest invests in farmers’ capacity to produce high-specialty cherry or fully-dried parchment coffee within their own resources, helping them maximize their margin when they sell.

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