Gumutindo is a cooperative in the valley of Mt. Elgon on the eastern border of Uganda. They have 7,000 members from the Bgisu and Sabiny tribes. The coop is 100% Fair Trade and 95% organic striving to certify the last 5% as organic. The farmers enhance the fertility of the soil with compost, mulch, and other organic matter to maintain the biodiversity of the land. The coffee is hand picked and wet-processed at individual farms; then brought to the new storage facility that was built in 2005 using cross ventilation to store coffee at cooler temperatures. Producers are encouraged to cup the coffees at the facility to help distinguish the difference in the quality of under ripe cherries. Gumutindo means "excellent quality" in the local language; an appropriate name for such an exquisite coffee. The coop has also encouraged women to process their coffee separately so as to diversify the coffee brought in by women, and to promote self-empowerment for women producers.
Mild orange, black tea, passion fruit, earthy finish consistent with Ugandan profile
Mt. Elgon, Bugishu
Cedar, orange rind
Pekoe black tea, passion fruit, orange pith