Founding Agri Evolve
In 2016 Agri Evolve originally started as a collection point for both Dried Ugandan Arabica (DRUGAR) and cherries. The typical approach to processing coffee in the Rwenzori Mountains has been for farmers to process it themselves. Typically drying cherries on tarpaulin in the sun. Sourcing this DRUGAR was considerably easier in the beginning than trying to purchase ripe cherries, it turns out old habits do die hard!
Following investment in processing equipment, demonstration farms and hiring experienced staff. The second-year harvest was a drastic improvement in terms of sourcing unprocessed ripe cherries.
After this first season, processing facilities improved considerably and equipment including; a washer separator, mechanical dryers, Hulling machine and green-houses were all introduced to the station.
The interest in Agri Evolve grew amongst the farming community as we were seen as a staple reliable place to sell coffee, we consistently paid good prices and always paid on time, which, as basic as it is, made a huge difference for farmers.
By the end of the second season Agri Evolve was given some outstanding reviews from a Japanese importer who thought the African Moon coffee was fantastic and "full of potential", which in turn kickstarted the interest in high-quality Rwenzori Coffee that we sourced and processed.
Over the course of the next 5-years Agri Evolve rapidly expanded to become the largest employer in the region bringing new economic stability and job opportunities to the community. This growth was driven by an ever-increasing reputation for high-quality coffee from the Rwenzori Mountains.
With a focus on staff empowerment and education, Jonny has managed to build the team to over 50 skilled individuals sourcing and processing coffee from thousands of farmers across the Rwenzori mountains. The focus in recent years has shifted to building a new station in Bugoye.
Introducing Buying Centres in strategic locations across the Rwenzori’s has been one of the catalysts for growth. Creating a constant physical presence ensures farmers that Agri Evolve is going to be there come the harvest, The convenient locations for farmers also drastically reduce the effort required to travel to market.
|Region & Country
||Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
||SL14 & SL28
||1800 - 2000 m.a.s.l
|Average Number of Farms per Lot
||300 - 500
|Average Farm Size
||1.5 - 2.2 acres
||Sun dried inside polly tunnels
||20 - 30 Days
In the cup you can expect dark chocolate, pecan nuts with dried fruit flavours with a hint of mixed spices.
This is our first coffee from Omwani Coffee Co. and it will not be our last, enjoy.