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.
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.