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Uganda Bulaago Washed

Milk chocolate, lemon, vanilla.

This coffee features German chocolate cake, coconut, and jasmine aromas cruising into flavor notes of milk chocolate, honey, and lemon with hints of passionfruit and vanilla. Sweet, mild acidity and a buttery velvet body make for an approachable, balanced cup of enjoyment.

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Mt. Elgon
Bulaago Farmers' Association
Smallholder producers
1860-1980 m
Washed Process

Meet Smallholder producers

Mt. Elgon is said to be the heart of Ugandan coffee production, and within that area, Uganda’s most sought-after washed coffees tend to come from the Buzabiti area. This high-scoring lot is courtesy of smallholder members of the Bulaago Farmers' Association, (Bulaago being a village in the district). 140 farmers strong, each produces an average of 5-6 bags of exportable specialty coffee annually.

War, lack of infrastructure, and low prices have plagued the coffee industry in Uganda, but as specialty coffee buyers began vying for the best lots from Mt. Elgon, growers have more incentive to up their quality, top-notch washing stations have become more numerous, and technical expertise from other coffee origins have made a huge difference for growers here. In addition, there is a system created by the Bulaago Project which compensates farmers for taking the extra care needed to produce top quality coffee.

Mt. Elgon, Uganda

Given that coffee trees have a love affair with volcanic soil, it’s no surprise to find that Mt. Elgon is actually an extinct volcano that spreads its skirts out across the border of Uganda and Kenya. This is a significant fact for coffee lovers, as Ugandan coffees from this region carry flavors reminiscent of superior Kenyan offerings. But offerings from Mt. Elgon are not Kenyan knock-offs. Rather, they carry their own distinctive terroir, which has been compared to a complex mixture of sweetness, clarity, and fruit obtained from a blend of Colombia and Kenya offerings.

Mt. Elgon region is also home to a special Arabica variety named Presidium Nyasaland. Originally from western Ethiopia, Geisha area, it was brought to Malawi (Nyasaland as it was then called), before British colonialists introduced it in Uganda in the early 1900s. When Idi Amin abolished coffee cultivation during his dictatorship in the 1970s and required growers to destroy their trees to plant other crops, a certain number of Nyasaland trees survived thanks to the care and non-compliance of coffee growers there. Presidium Nyasaland coffee offers more intense floral aromas, almond notes, and more resistance to disease than the more common and high-yielding SL28 and SL14 hybrid varieties.

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Old Soul Co.

Started by Tim Jordan and Jason Griest in an obscure alley in Sacramento in 2006, Old Soul Co. has grown rapidly but still enthusiastically shares the same vision ten years later: "celebrate the artisan aspects of bread baking and coffee roasting and dedicate ourselves to getting better at our crafts everyday!"

Old Soul's coffee sourcing practices set them apart: owner Jason Griest travels to as many of the farms growing Old Soul's coffees as possible. In Sacramento, Old Soul is deeply involved in volunteering and giving back to the community. The roasting company has received many 90+ and "Best Of" awards over the past years.

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