Uganda Mbale Bulambuli

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Uganda is a country often overlooked for specialty coffee, which is a loss because there is lots of amazing coffee to be found! Because of the varieties used they are reminiscent of Kenyan lots, yet they shine through their own personality. Here we noted tastes of tropical fruits with a violet nose, all on an oolong tea base.

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  • Origin: Uganda
  • Region: East Uganda
  • Town: Mbale
  • Washing Station: Bulambuli
  • Farmer: 200-400 smallholders
  • Crop: 2023
  • Altitude: 1700-2300m
  • Variety: SL 14, SL 28
  • Processing: Washed

A note from our supplier, Nordic Approach:

Our coffees from Bulambuli have been produced in collaboration with Ibero, our long-time partners. For this project, Ibero recently built a brand new washing station in 2022. They pulp, ferment and dry the coffees we buy. They work with 200 – 400 farmers who deliver cherries to the Bulambuli Washing Station. The area’s high altitudes are ideal for producing quality coffee, whereas the lower altitudes are used for drying purposes. At the drying yards, highly specialised professionals focus on ensuring an optimal, controlled drying process.

The varieties of this region are similar to Kenya, as farmers predominantly grow SL14, 28 and 34. The cherries come from smallholder communities, from farms that are less than 1 hectare each. The farms are managed by family members and are located in parishes, or communities. Each parish acts as the administrative centre for 7-12 villages. These villages can be home to as few as 200 people. The farmers often work in groups, with an individual allocated as their leader. Most of our Ugandan coffees come from different parishes. Occasionally, we may have a lot coming from a communal washing station. We work in high altitude areas, where there is a lot of potential for producing distinctive flavour profiles.

In Eastern Uganda, the harvest is between August and January. In the lowlands, the harvest runs between August and October, while in the higher altitudes, it’s from September until January. The cherries are either bought at small collection centres or delivered directly to the washing station. They are then sorted. Depending on the process, they are either taken to the pulping area or to the drying yard in Mbale. Sometimes, the cherries are delivered directly to the yard for sorting and drying. Washed coffees are usually pulped, fermented, and dried on site. As for naturals, the cherries undergo a thorough selection process when farmers deliver them to the washing station. They are then taken to the drying yard and fermented on drying tables. This is done by adjusting the layers of the coffee, depending on the type of preparation and fermentation.

Our coffee comes in craft paper bags which contain a plastic liner on the inside to guarantee freshness of our coffee. Please dispose properly at your local plastic trash container. The Village Coffee is roasted fresh every week, and best consumed within four weeks after roast date. Store your coffee in a dry, dark and cool place, avoid the fridge.


Additional information

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Country of Origin


Processing Method


Taste Notes

Oolong tea, Tropical Fruits, Violets


Small (250 gr-8.8 oz), Medium (340 gr-12 oz), Large (1 kg-2.2 lb), Big bag (2,5 kg-5.5 lb)

Grind Size

Ground for Espresso, Ground for Filter, Ground for French Press, Ground for Moka, Whole Beans