For centuries, the altitude and fertile soils of Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains made for exceptional coffee farming, but until recently it was a dying practice. Together with our partners, we started our long-term REVIVING ORIGINS program in 2018, joining with over 2000 smallholder farmers to increase the quality and yield of their coffee.
We work together to develop the good farming practices that lie behind full harvests of great coffee and lead to improved livelihoods. The Rwenzori Mountains, mountains of the moon, stretch for 120 km along western Uganda. The glaciers and snow-capped peaks provide steady water sources to complement the abundant rainfall that nourishes the fertile soils. High above the 1200 m mark grows a rare, almost forgotten coffee. Its unique terroir is complemented by the shade and nutrients provided by banana trees, creating a true Arabica dreamland. However, years of neglect and isolation were clear in the cup. It was only with the sustained attention to strengthening this coffee community that we finally were able to reap its results.
Nespresso’s long-term REVIVING ORIGINS program began in 2018 to provide training to over 2000 smallholder farmers nestled in the region.