Mzungu Project, 22/23 crop
QUALITY SCORE: 90.00
Elderflower / Pineapple / Raspberry / Red Apple / Chocolate
We are really excited to announce the return of our most awaited coffee ever. Ambition and search for excellence led Rubens to improve this fantastic lot which, thanks to a new improved fermentation process, made the 2022/2023 Mzungu crop even more unique and more intensely flavourful. A lot processed naturally, but using our special proprietary fermentation, it is intensely sweet, with lots of dark chocolate and fruity notes - and an outstanding representation of Ugandan specialty coffee.
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 Red
- Arabica cultivar
- Picked in
- Nov 22 - Jan 23
- Arrived in
- September 2023
- Shipped in
- Jute + GrainPro
- Roast profile by
- Rubens Gardelli
- Roasted on
- Customised solid-drum roaster
Suggested brewing recipe
There are two recipes: one for conical brewer (think v60) and one for flat-bottom brewer (think Kalita), however you can surely brew our coffees with any other brewing device, such as immersion brewers.
Please remember that these recipes are intended as starting points and may require further adjustments if the equipment you use is not identical to the one in the recipe; the characteristics of water used can also make a big difference in brewing.
Finally, the recipes suited specifically to Rubens’ roasting style, hence we do not guarantee that they will work as a universal reference.
Have fun brewing!
- Comandante 22 clicks (medium)
- 250g (40tds) at 94 Celsius
- Brew strenght:
- Comandante 19 clicks (medium)
- 250g (40tds) at 94 Celsius
- Brew strenght:
- 1,55 tds
THE STORY BEHIND
Rubens initiated the Mzungu Project in Uganda, a nation often overlooked in the specialty coffee scene. Initially, he committed to supporting an unknown and relatively small coffee farmer, Francis Kipsang, by purchasing his entire harvest - a gesture that had a positive impact on the farmer’s life. Rubens paid the price significantly higher than the industry standards, offering a substantial base premium and an additional bonus based on the coffee’s quality.
To ensure the quality of the coffee he would receive, Rubens has personally developed a special fermentation process called “Gardelli Red”, which enhances naturally present flavours and a well-rounded profile of the coffee. During his visits to Uganda, Rubens also shared the best practices for sorting, selection, fermentation, and drying with local farmers. He actively encouraged the participation of women and girls in production. This approach led to a remarkable improvement in the quality of the coffee produced. The
Mzungu Project has radically changed the approach to coffee cultivation in the Sipi Falls region - Uganda, providing well-being to both farmers and consumers and establishing a partnership destined to flourish. Francis Kipsang saw his dreams come true thanks to this partnership. With the earnings from the sale of his coffee, roasted by Rubens, Francis managed to build a new home for his family and to enrol his son in university, thus opening him a door to a promising future.
But Rubens’ vision doesn’t stop there. His longtime dream is to construct a new school for the children in Sipi Falls. This school will serve as a beacon of hope and opportunity for the younger generation, offering them a high-quality education and a chance to pursue their dreams.
This extraordinary collaboration between Rubens Gardelli and local Ugandan coffee producers is an example of how the business world can have a positive impact on the lives of communities and individuals. It’s a success story that illustrates how coffee can be more than just a delicious beverage - it can also be a vehicle of hope and change.
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
Francis’ staff are instructed to pick only perfectly ripe cherries for this lot. Given that coffee cherries do not all mature simultaneously, pickers can gather cherries from the very same tree several times, giving the less ripe ones time to reach maturity.
After picking, the cherries are manually sorted and placed to ferment with the special "Gardelli Red" protocol that imparts a warm, reddish hue to the beans, enhances their flavor notes, and results in a well-rounded taste.
Following fermentation, they are slowly dried over raised beds for more than 25 days.