Room to Grow West Nile is located in the far northwestern tip of Uganda. Coffee farming is one of the best opportunities local families have to improve their livelihoods, and the region still has plenty of land to for substantial farm expansion. With altitudes of up to 1,600 meters ASL, the West Nile region produces washed Arabica with great acidity, body and citrus notes. Download Fact Sheet
West Nile has a variety of interesting snack foods ranging from the familiar to the exotic. You can find locals enjoying roasted peanuts, Samusa (assimilated from Indian samosas), Mugati naamaggi (a thin pancake wrapped around chopped meat and eggs), grasshoppers, and white termites.
The Albertine Rift Valley The West Nile region is located in the far Northwestern corner of Uganda on the border with DR Congo. This area produces an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 tons of green coffee per year. All of the coffee here is shade grown at medium-high altitudes, which imparts a bright acidity and a sweet, citric finish on the beans.
In the Shade of the Banyan Tree About 3,000 households grow coffee in West Nile. An average household has about 0.5 acres of coffee or 300 to 400 coffee trees. Coffee is grown under the shade of indigenous shade trees, the most important being the Banyan tree (a Ficus, whose bark is used to make a traditional cloth). For most families, coffee is the most lucrative of several livelihood strategies. Productivity is low (around 1 kg cherries per tree), but with support, households have started to improve coffee yields.
Uganda's Most Modern Dry Mill Cherries are hand picked then brought to Erussi for washing. The cherries are pulped with an eco-pulper and then sun dried on drying racks. We also purchase parchment from farmer groups. This coffee is home processed, using hand pulpers, fermented, and dried in the sun. All parchment from West Nile is sent to Namanve, our new dry mill for secondary processing and export. The Namanve dry mill started its operations in 2015 and is the most modern dry mill in Uganda.

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Farmer Training
Our local Farmer Support Organization (FSO) was started in 2014 and currently has just over 3,000 member farms. In 2015, the FSO carried out over 4,300 individual household trainings and trained over 5,000 farmers in group sessions. The group trainings took place at the 108 model farm plots that the FSO team started in 2014 and 2015. Topics have included good agricultural practices, farming as a business, and climate change.
Training Tomorrow's Leaders
In mid December 2015, we sent 15 young people from the region to a 7-day training where they learned about coffee management and business development. They were then each equipped with a start-up kit that will allow them to provide high quality management services to coffee farmers on a commercial basis.
Queen of the Nile Coffee HARVESTING SEPT-NOV 2016 This cup is characterized by bright acidity and a sweet, citric finish.
  • Flavor
  • Body All to be determined at harvest
  • Acidity
  • 1 - Fragrance/Aroma
  • 2 - Flavor
  • 3 - Acidity
  • 4 - Balance
  • 5 - Body
  • 6 - Aftertaste
  • 7 - Overall
  • Cupping Score: 84+
  • Quality: Determined at harvest
  • Producer: Carefully selected farms from the West Nile community
  • Variety: The main varieties grown include SL 28, SL 14, Nyasaland and Bugisu
  • Processing: Cherries are pulped and then sun dried. Some certified parchment is home processed, using hand pulpers, fermented and sun dried. All parchment from undergoes secondary processing for export
  • Altitude: 1,300 to 1,600 meters ASL
  • Harvest: September to November
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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