Uganda – Magasi Lot 6
The Coffee Gardens was established in 2017 with the goal of producing incredible specialty coffee in an ethical way and offering a transparent and direct link between coffee farmers and coffee consumers.
The Coffee Gardens Project has many purposes such as improving farmers income and livelihoods, creating and providing rural employment, promoting gender equality, increasing transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain and increasing environmental protection in the area.
The Coffee Gardens purchase coffee cherries at around 30% above the rate offered by traders and also incentivise and reward farmers through a number of different monetary and non-monetary ways. This includes post-season bonuses, additional income-generating and employment opportunities, tree distribution and a range of all-year-round training programs.
The Coffee Gardens is transparent with their partner farmers about its buying policy and prices, providing each registered farmer with a contract and a
buying-record book, communicating any price changes via SMS to registered farmers, and providing receipts for every transaction.
The coffee in this micro-lot is grown by the farmers living on the top of the mountain stretching all the way to the buffer zone for the Mount Elgon National Park. The unseasonable rains at the end of January allowed the last coffees of these contributing farmers to ripen nicely and created an extended harvest season. As these farmers live further from The Coffee Gardens’ washing station, farmers whose harvest had already finished helped by carrying the coffee down to the processing station, earning extra income. Most of these contributing farmers also receive training by The Coffee Gardens’ agronomists.