LavaCherry, cultivated on Mount Elgon in East Uganda at 2300 m.a.s.l, promises a distinct sensory journey. Smallholder farmers from the Gamoga region, especially Buzemunwa village, deliver their cherries to diverse collection stations on the slopes of Mount Elgon. The heart of processing and washing lies at the Sironko Coffee Yard, directed by lead farmer Alex and sourcing expert Normann.

This coffee, blending Catimor, SL.14, and SL.28 varieties, encapsulates its volcanic origins with vibrant tropical fruity notes, thriving amidst the forested zone’s climatic diversity. The journey includes meticulous cherry collection, layered drying, and shielded fermentation in large plastic drums for 36-48 hours. This craftsmanship enhances unique flavors, reflecting the rich tapestry of Ugandan Arabica. LavaCherry stands as a testament to individual farmers’ dedication, orchestrated by the expertise housed at Sironko Coffee Yard.

A coffee with a distinctive character

In 2022, The Coffee Quest explored the heart of East Uganda’s Mt. Elgon region, delving into the captivating story of Lava Cherry. Following meticulous quality assessments at local collection stations, the beans journey to the Sironko Coffee Yard. Here, Norman, a maestro in coffee processing, meticulously oversees the transformation of cherries into the distinctive Lava Cherry and StratoBerry beans.

The StratoBerry, celebrated for its tutti-fruity and floral profile, undergoes an extended drying period and a brief 24-hour stint in the fermentation bin. Conversely, the Lava Cherry, known for its boozy profile, minimizes drying time to retain moisture before spending up to 3 days in fermentation tanks.

Uganda’s coffee production thrives on climate-smart practices, promoting minimal environmental impact and heightened climate resilience. Smallholder coffee producers, such as those in the village of Buzemunwa, contribute to this sustainable ethos across Mount Elgon’s slopes.

Lead farmer Alex is a vital community figure, who connects local producers with export partners. At collection stations such as Sulu, cherries undergo assessments to ensure fair compensation for farmers. Alex’s role extends beyond economic development, deeply woven into the community’s fabric. The visit to Sulu provided insights into Alex’s journey, from a modest office to the impressive collection station that now thrives under his stewardship. Through this intricate network, Alex has not only fostered economic growth but also cultivated a sense of pride and community spirit among the coffee farmers of Mt. Elgon.

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StratoBerry – Unique flavors from Mt. Elgon

Read more about our volcanic gems from Mt. Elgon, Uganda. Grown at 2300 m.a.s.l, StratoBerry is the result of different smallholders who delivers their cherries to Sironko Coffee Yard. Here the lead farmer Alex and the soucring manager Normann process the cherries.

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