Sipi Falls is in Eastern Uganda, part of Bugisu and nearby Victoria Falls.
These are part of a motivated co-op known as Kapkwai Farmer's Cooperative and they get credit for producing this small lot of specialty-grade natural-processed coffee. It is amazing! They are growing the Kenya varietals of SL-14 and SL-28 at 4500 feet altitude. Their modern processing mill, paired with a floating tank, raised drying bed, careful sorting, and attention to moisture content has all paid off. A pound of roasted beans only has a dozen quakers in it.
First cracks are a little later then you might be expecting, and in the lightest roasts, just barely out of first cracks, it reminds us of a Yemen. It has a malty, bread-like undertone with chocolate and fruit. Fascinatingly good. Almost a creamy banana undertone in there. Take it another 30 seconds and it reminds us of a natural Ethiopia. Plum, cocoa, and strawberry flavors, crisp and clean and sweeter, still malty/bread-like flavors. Another 30 seconds and you are losing some of fruit, but it is still has some sweetness --- malty, chocolatey. One of the easiest-to-roast naturals we've had come through in awhile because it tastes great at all of those ending points, and not earthy or fermented tasting like you sometimes get from origins that don't do a lot of natural process.
US Arrival: December 2020