Uganda Sipi Falls Washed


2021 marks Huck's fourth harvest roasting coffee from farmers in Gamatui Village in the Sipi Falls region of Eastern Uganda, and after a very chaotic start to 2021, we’re excited to have two coffees from Sipi Falls back in the roast lineup!

Sipi Falls is one of Uganda's most famous landmarks, and much of the country's best coffee comes from the region. Huck specifically seeks out the coffees from Gamatui, the highest altitude community that delivers coffee to the Sipi Falls Washing Station in the town of Chema. That high altitude, combined with Sipi Falls Washing Station's impressive attention to detail, yields complex, delicious, and sweet goodness in both its washed and natural coffees.

For Huck’s washed process lots, we do step away from Sipi Fass Wet Mill’s usual m.o. Most of the coffee from Sipi Falls is washed using an eco-pulper - a machine that can remove the coffee's sticky mucilage without fermentation to break down the sugars and pectin. These machines are great in that they use far less water than the typical washing process, but in our opinion, fermentation - done slightly differently at every farm or washing station - adds something special to the coffee. Sipi Falls does produce a few microlots with extended fermentation before eco-pulping, and over the past few years we've honed in on these extended fermentation lots. They just taste better, in our opinion.

These washed, extended fermentation coffees bridge a divide between super zippy coffees from Kenya and more approachable offerings from Latin America, bringing some of the best of both to the cup. This year’s washed Sipi Falls is no differente, with balanced apricot-like fruitiness, butterscotch-like sweetness, and subtle tangerine acidity to round out the cup. Hella tasty. A bit approachable and a bit adventurous at the same time.

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This year we’ve waited on our Sipi Falls coffees a bit longer than usual, thanks to chaotic and violent politics in Uganda. The country had a presidential election just as our coffees should have left the country, and after the sitting president declared victory over his opponent and protests erupted, he shut down the country and began to jail members of the opposition, or worse. We’re not in a place to pontificate on Ugandan politics, nor are we sure how this year’s crop of Sipi Falls fits into that picture, but we couldn’t happily release a Ugandan coffee without mentioning the country’s turmoil. 

We would highly suggest listening to The Messenger podcast to learn a bit about this most recent Ugandan election. And if you have any insights or thoughts on how we might better consider the country’s political situation in our coffee buying, please get in touch.


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