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Langi Gibuzale

Region: Mt. Elgon
Altitude: 1700 - 2000 m
Varietal: SL14, SL28, Catimor
Process: Natural

Roasted for Espresso

Tastes like champagne grape, black plum, milk chocolate, toffee pop.

Gibuzale is part of an Arabica-focused area on the middle and lower slopes of Mt. Elgon, an inactive volcano in eastern Uganda. Gibuzale is home to the Gibuzale Washing Station, the most remote of all the Kyagalanyi stations. Even though the landscape has difficulties due to heavy rains, the farmers bring their cherries to sell in the washing station.

The climate has traditionally been predominantly rainy during the harvesting months, however a changing climate is bringing less rain and higher temperatures, making the choice of drought-resistant varieties.

In areas with rainfall occurring throughout the drying period, farmers often use raised African beds, which allow air to circulate under the coffee and, water to drain away easily. The raised beds are quite high off the ground and made with a wooden frame and nylon mesh for drainage. The coffee is raked, turned and dried in the same way as patio drying but with the bonus of the raised beds, which generally result in a better drying and an improved quality finished product.