EFOD NW is partnering with UK and Ugandan registered Charity, JENGA Community Development Outreach : http://jengauganda.org
through their non-profit initiative, Zukuka Bora Coffee Company : http://www.zukuka.coffee
Zukuka Bora was launched in 2015 to work directly with farmers of the Mt. Elgon region and help them cultivate top quality Arabica coffee
for the specialty market worldwide.
Since its inception, Zukuka Bora has trained over 1,500 peasant farmers in best practices for coffee cultivation and in the 2017 season
produced 20 tonnes of specialty graded green beans.
The not-for-profit business model has allowed them to pay a higher price than any other processer on Mt Elgon directly to farmers,
with a further bonus in 'hungry season' - April - when they need it most.
More about Zukuka Bora
EFOD NW aim to build on the success of Zukuka Bora through the design and construction of a coffee processing facility in Mbale.
This will allow Zukuka Bora to expand and improve efficiency, providing training and employment to locals and rekindling
Uganda's once world class reputation for producing premium Arabica coffee.
It will consist of the following :
Coffee Drying Area - To control the environment and rate of drying which significantly impacts the final products quality and price.
Drying the parchment is the most time consuming process taking 15-20 days on the mountain.
Moving some of the process down to Mbale, where temperatures are higher, will increase capacity and efficiency.
Coffee Processing Room - Hulling - ( shell removal ) - and roasting are currently outsourced, but 80% of the coffee's final value is earned
by the roaster / retailer. Processing in-house will capture more of the value chain locally.
Coffee Storage Room - To give Zukuka Bora the flexibility to meet peak consumer demands,
Training Centre - To develop the knowledge and skills of locals and provide a centre of excellence to attract tourists to Mbale.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We rely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to deliver this transformative project.
By donating you will have a hand in providing sustainable employment in Mbale, revitalising the Ugandan premium coffee industry for the farmers
on Mount Elgon whilst giving young and determined engineering professionals at home the opportunity to broaden their skills and experience.