Uganda is the origin of Robusta coffee and the largest producer of Robusta Coffee in Africa, over 200,000 MT P.A. Uganda also produces Arabica coffee in the East of the country (on Mount Elgon which borders Kenya) and in the West of the country (on the border of the Congo); the split between Robusta and Arabica is around 85% and 15% respectively.
The Robusta crop is picked from May to September in the Central coffee-growing areas which coincide with the Arabica crop from the East; there is a second crop picked between November and March which coincides with the Arabica crop from the West. Uganda Robusta is prized for it’s “neutral” taste and body.
The Arabicas enrich blends by delivering on a competitive price/quality ratio. Where there are washing stations, farmers sell the fresh cherry and stations produce washed coffee, This is predominantly is the east of the country on Mount Elgan. Uganda Native Arabia comes predominantly from the west of the country.