Coffee tours around sipi falls. Coffee is one of the most important cash crops in Uganda playing a major role in the livelihoods of many poor people and is a major foreign exchange earner in Uganda. Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), the government agency responsible for the sector, estimates that about 500,000 households depend on coffee production. There are two main types of coffee grown in Uganda namely Arabica and Robusta coffee. Annual production on average is made up of 15% Arabica and 85% Robusta. In addition to serving as a main source of income, coffee has many other uses and thus provides many opportunities for value addition investment. Coffee can be used as a medicine to cure asthma, headaches, and Alzheimer’s disease. As a stimulant, coffee can inhibit sleep which can make someone to keep working for longer hours. Coffee is also known to have over 700 different compounds and thus has numerous industrial uses especially in the chemical industry.
A Uganda coffee tour featuring the different types of coffee grown in different regions. The coffee plantations are on the lower slopes of Mt. Elgon; while at sipi add on your experience by visiting these plantations. The coffee is majorly Arabica coffee and grows within altitudes 1600m and 1900m, it is the cash crop to the Bagishu and Sabiny in this area, during this visit you will learn also how coffee is harvested, processed, roasted and other things, you will also be able to see how people live in these communities. While the Robusta type grows in the other regions of central Uganda, as well as the Western Uganda.
Get to know the story of coffee from seed to cup. Sipi Falls Arabica Coffee is some of the finest in the world. Meet local farmers to tour their plantation and learn about the life cycle of the crop and their role in the process. Visit and tour the local processing plant to see the selected green beans before it gets exported. Finally learn the traditional art of roasting your own coffee and enjoy your own cup.
Arabica coffee is usually grown in mixed farms with food crops for home consumption like beans, peanuts and bananas. It is mainly grown under shade trees that ensure sustainable coffee production. The leaves that fall from the shade trees provide manure for the coffee plants.
In Mbale the planting season for Arabica coffee is between March and April and harvesting is between August and November. The coffee trees are pruned from December to February before the planting season. The trees flower during the dry season.
This trip will take you to a local coffee farmer where you visit the coffee plantation after you will head to the processing centre where you will remove the husks roast the beans and produce a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy it instantly. Contact Great Adventure Safaris to book coffee tours around sipi falls Uganda.