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Fundraiser: Bukonzo Joint Roaster Project, Uganda

This is a tasty full-medium roasted coffee with dried fruit, roasted nuts, and caramel notes. It  has good body and retains a pleasant acidity.

This fall we are dedicating our fundraising efforts to  purchasing a sample roaster for the Bukonzo Joint Cooperative in Uganda. $2 will be donated for every pound of their coffee roasted this season! The cooperative has been supported heavily in recent years by a celebrated development project with significant energy being put specifically into quality related investments such as milling, storage, transportation and quality assessment capacities. As a result of these investments we are seeing some extraordinary progress in consistency and tastiness of the coffee sold as “Owemba” lot – a local word for ‘something outstanding’.

The funds we raise this fall will go to the purchase of a sample coffee roaster that will form part of a cupping lab for the coop. Our goal is USD 15,000. We have seen the impact that these tools have on a grower community. When growers have the ability to taste the difference that quality green coffee makes, they are motivated to find ways to improve their growing, harvesting, and processing methods. Better quality green receives a higher price which benefits the larger community.

Bukonzo Joint Cooperative  is situated in the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda - this member-owned cooperative of 5,500 small farms is also 83% owned by women members! Joint was founded in 1999 to serve the poor, isolated farming communities in Bukonzo county, which, due to war, poverty, and location, has been marginalized in the past. The central focus of the cooperative’s operations is offering sustainable financial and capacity building services to the economically disadvantaged.

Bukonzo Joint is committed to improving the living standards of the rural poor, and ensuring that they are active participants in the economic, social, and political development of Bukonzo county.Bukonzo Joint is headquartered in Kyarumba town, Kasese district. Its operations in Bukonzo county’s sub-counties of Kyarumba, Kyondo, Kisinga, Lake Katwe, Maliba and Mahango, include marketing its farmers’ organic coffee; micro-finance, such as providing agriculture and small business loans to members; and member training and skills development. In addition to its more than 5,500 farmers, Bukonzo Joint has a full-time staff of 29, over 140 part-time volunteers, and fourteen training officers.

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October 08, 2015

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