Delicious Peace

Delicious Peace

Farmer Facts

In 2003, a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim farmers came together to build lasting prosperity in their villages and to spread a message of peace throughout the world.

They named their coffee Mirembe Kawomera, which means, “Delicious Peace” in the Luganda language.

Although our relationship with the original cooperative’s leadership has ended, we continue to support these innovative and passionate coffee farmers by roasting and selling their coffee, and sharing their story with the world.

Small-Scale Farming & Processing

Grown high on the slopes of Mt. Elgon, a dormant volcano in eastern Uganda, this coffee is produced in small batches by family farmers of the Gumatindo Cooperative.

Rich volcanic soils, shade canopy, and artisan production methods combine to produce an exceptional coffee bean with distinctive flavor and character. The antique Arabica varieties cultivated by the farmers of the Gumatindo Cooperative were planted nearly a century ago, after being transported from nearby Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

The farmers of Delicious Peace Coffee prepare their coffee in small-batches carefully picked throughout the three-month harvest season. Ripe coffee cherries are handpicked, the red skin is removed using cooperatively owned hand-cranked pulping machines, and the sugar-rich pulp is allowed to ferment on the beans overnight. Then the beans are carefully washed, and sun-dried on elevated racks, a two-week process from start to finish. Once the coffee is dried, it is transported to the Cooperative’s warehouse where it is stored and prepared for export.

Fair Trade

Economically, coffee is the backbone of the Ugandan economy, accounting for over 90% of the country’s revenues from international trade. In terms of export earnings, Uganda is the most coffee-dependent country in the world. The vast majority of Uganda’s coffee is produced by small-scale family farmers numbering at least 500,000 in a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon. Historically, these farmers saw only small profits on their coffee due to low international prices, inefficient government marketing boards, and exploitative market intermediaries. Delicious Peace Coffee is the first Fair Trade Certified™ Ugandan coffee to reach the U.S. market.

Together, the farmers have succeeded in doing something that none could have done alone. As they face the many challenges of life in rural Uganda, they look to their cooperative for hope and strength. In the coming years, the Cooperative plans to invest in land and equipment, offer microfinance to members and contribute to a variety of public health and education projects.


Farmer Photos

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Aaron Shuchkman, 3 years old, with his father JJ Keki and adopted brother Ambrose, in their front yard. Photo: Ben Corey-Moran, 2006

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One of Peace Kawomera’s 200 women members. Photo: Ben Corey-Moran, 2006

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Somaili Bissaso, one of the Peace Kawomera Cooperative’s most prominent members, hosts a visit from fellow farmers. Photo: Ben Corey-Moran, 2006

Farmer Stories

Read more about our work with Delicious Peace

Clean Cook Stoves – Phase II

Clean Cook Stoves – Phase II

In 2012, we embarked on a project that would bring clean cookstoves to the coffee farmers of The Namanyonyi Cooperative. The first 44 stoves were built for the elderly, families with children, and single-parent families. Now it's time to build 50 more.
A Trip to Africa: Day 9 -The Final Entry

A Trip to Africa: Day 9 -The Final Entry

We see a bright future for telling the story of the value of interfaith and tribal cooperation in the quest for improved living conditions for all.

A Trip to Africa: Day 8 – Making the New Transparency Work

Our decade of work building a relationship with Mirembe Kawomera had been hijacked by The Coexist Foundation. Our story was re-filmed and revised to replace our Brand with Coexists Brand, and the farmers we set out to help were paying the price of Coexist's duplicity.

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