Despite the fact that a growing percentage of our country’s coffee production is of outstanding quality both in the arabica and robusta segments, the challenge that remains is to change the perspective of the world market on Uganda’s coffee quality so as to attract better pricing differentials for these ne and specialty coffees.
At Amour Trading we are persuaded that value addition at the country of origin is the intervention that will have the fastest sustainable impact on farm-gate prices to spur wealth creation in the long run. Our analysis indicates that this idea is practical, achievable, sustainable and pro table.
We currently operate a wet – processing facility in Kigezi region where we produce our parchment coffee. Wet processing of coffee involves pulping of freshly picked ripe coffee cherries, fermentation and subsequent drying to produce parchment coffee. This technique is proven to enhance certain attrib- utes of the resultant coffee cup and many farmers now practice it.
Despite the proximity and quality similarities coffees from Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya tend to be valued higher than those on the Ugandan side of the border!