Gibuzaale Fully Washed, Lot 21/22

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Community Name

Gibuzaale Washing Station

Processing Method

Arrival Date

June 2020

Cupping Notes Upon Arrival

85 – Ginger, cherries, lemon, milk duds, orange nougat


1350 – 2200 MASL


SL 14, SL 28

Flavor Profile

Chocolatey, Citrus

Fresh Filter

Prior Crops 12+ Months


On the foothills of Mt.Elgon, the best coffee grows near the top of ridges that jut above deep valleys. Gibuzaale is a micro-region within Buginyanya, which is one of the highest of these narrow plateaus. Coffee from all the way up to the park border finds its way down to the Gibuzaale Washing Station where day lots are traceable down to the individual farmer. When deliveries range from 3 to 30 KGs of cherries, this is no easy task.

We know, because this was our very first job in coffee – reviving washing stations on Mt. Elgon which had been dormant for the past sixty years. With the help of USAID, the Bugisu Cooperative Union and a Swiss Investor, the rebooting of these washing stations – and mobilization of farmers into groups – was how Crop to Cup got in the coffee business in the first place. The original farmer groups are still in place, making these our longest standing relationships in coffee–since 2005. Year by year, both yields and qualities have been on the rise. In part this is because specialty has started to embrace Ugandan coffee, whereas before it was sold solely on value, and in part this improvement can be credited to competent partners investing heavily in technology, lot separation, training and quality – making Gibuzaale Washing station an outpost of organized coffee buying on a mountain full of individual smallholders.