The Coffee Gardens was established in 2017 with the goal of producing incredible specialty coffee in an ethical way, offering a transparent and direct link between coffee farmers and coffee consumers.
Micro-lots were assembled by combining day-lots (coffee processed on the same day) with similar taste profiles. Therefore, a single farmer may contribute to multiple micro-lots. The Coffee Gardens have been working with the farmers who produced this micro-lot for the past five years. This micro-lot is named after the village Zebugu-Busi, where many of the farmers live.
Farmers have coffee gardens of different sizes and so supply different amounts of coffee. Mr Masaba Charles from Zebugu-Busi was one of the biggest contributors to this micro-lot with 512 KG of red ripe coffee cherries. Within hours of being picked, coffee cherries are carried down to our station in 50 kg bags by “runners” - a team of over 160 women and men employed from the local community.
This coffee is pulped before undergoing a fermentation method involving a pre-wash, a long soak in cold mountain spring water, and then a gentle long fermentation lasting forty hours before a final wash. This coffee is meticulously sorted at 12 different stages before export.
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