Uganda is an origin that we rarely showcase due to lack of accessibility, but when Nordic Approach are able to source such unique coffees that are a result of an ongoing relationship with the Estate & growers, we are always excited at the prospective flavour experience. Kingsley owns Kingha Estate which owns their own farm, of which 12 hectares are planted with only SL28. On top of that, he buys cherries from nearby communities, where Farm leaders are appointed to ensure strict quality control in ripe picking. Kingha Collective was established for that reason, rewarding the smallholder farmers with incentives & premiums for the high quality that’s produced & picked.
This lot was specifically created by Nordic Approach & Kingsley, allowing for more experimentation & expressive flavours from the coffees. Whole cherries are sealed in a sack for 24 hours allowing for an oxygen-starved environment. Due to the fermentation, carbon dioxide is created turning the vessel “semi-anaerobic”. The coffees are then dried on raised beds, allowing for a more defined fruity expression.
This coffee is definitely at the top of our list for one of the most interesting coffees that we’ve come across, simply because we have no expectations of its flavour profile. We are super impressed with the different layers of flavours like maraschino cherries, treacle & liquorice. The acidity is incredibly smooth atop of a creamy mouthfeel, with a long cocoa finish. This is a coffee we personally feel is a great example of how experimental fermentation can provide additional value to producers!