Mzungu Project, 20/21 crop (Uganda)
QUALITY SCORE: 91.00
Cherry / Dark Chocolate / Blackberry / Prune
Suggested for espresso and filter
when we roast
We freshly roast to order all coffees on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding national holidays), and ship the same day! Cut-off time is 11:59pm (UTC+1) of the day before the roast day. *We only ship whole beans*
- Quality Score
- Francis Kipsang
- Sipi falls
- 1900-2000 masl
- Gardelli Natural
- Arabica cultivar
- Picked in
- Nov 20 - Jan 21
- Arrived in
- September 2021
- Shipped in
- GrainPro bags
- Roast profile by
- Rubens Gardelli
- Roasted on
- Customised roaster
THE STORY BEHIND
We are so very excited to bring you the most awaited coffee ever, now back for the fifth time!
Competition leads to innovation and this coffee is the fruit of that labor. After pioneering the World Brewers Cup with a single tree lot in 2015, Rubens Gardelli is proud to present this unique coffee from Uganda.
Forging close links with the farmer Francis and forming an export company with a close friend Dison, has allowed complete traceability and control from tree to cup. Originally a small competition lot, this project has grown to encompass all Francis production! A (secretly!) naturally processed coffee, intensely sweet, with lots of dark chocolate and fruitiness — it's a delicious and amazing representative of Ugandan specialty coffee.
The SL28 variety is grown at 1900 masl and processed using a proprietary natural method which is unique to Uganda!
This rare coffee lot has astonishing and complex flavours profile you will not easily forget.
This coffee was presented for the first time by Rubens Gardelli during his 2017 Italy Brewers Cup (video here) and it was brewed by Michael Manhart during his 2017 World Brewers Cup performance...after all national champion presentation (open service) Michael and Mzungu were at the first place in the World!!!
SL28 was bred by Scott Laboratories in 1931 from Tanganyika D.R. It has become very popular throughout Kenya and is recognised as a variety of exceptional cup quality. It has wide leaves with coppery tips, and the beans are wide. At the same time, the productivity of SL28 is comparatively low. Though there is no sufficient proof, some sources claim that Scott Labs crossed mutations of French Mission, Mocha and Yemen Typica to produce SL 28. Whatever the exact genetic composition, their original goal almost certainly was to create a plant with high quality, reasonable productivity and great drought resistance.
THE FERMENTATION PROCESS
Pick only the perfectly ripe coffee cherries one by one by hand, bring them back to the processing centre, remove the defected cherries...do some magic (only from nature, nothing chemically added), put the cherries over raised beds, constantly roll for a even drying, then wait.
Does it sound easy?
Well, you have to try yourself to do each single step to understand how many difficulties must be faced and that is why this lot came out so unique.