Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Cocoa Powder
Owemba is a versatile Single Origin that changes its flavor profile depending on how you brew it. When served cold, it's full of rich chocolatey sweetness. Brewed hot, there's a dazzle of upfront dried fruits with a moderate acidity and body. It's certified organic and fair trade. They also implemented an inclusive methodology to run the cooperative: Gender Action Learning System (GALS). A process that sets the region up for a long term success by bringing all stakeholders, both women and men to the decision making process. That is something to be very proud of!
Certified Organic, Fair Trade
1400 - 2000 ft
"Owemba is a micro-washing station managed by the Bukonzo Joint cooperative union. They have been setting the standards for coffee quality and cooperative management in Western Uganda for over a decade. The union includes 5,500 farmers, 72 producer groups and 20 micro-washing stations! It's important to note, in Specialty Coffee there is a desire to promote equality and prosperity for all and this is one part of creating a sustainable future. Personal touches matter, in fact every touch point from the farmers, to the coop, to export partnerships and the roaster have played a role in driving this communication goal. It's the second year of working with the coop and the results couldn't be more worth the labor. We love this coffee's versatility as both a cold brew and batch brew, where chocolate or fruity tones are highlighted respectively."
Boon Boona coffee are committed to sharing the unique coffee traditions of Africa. Founder and CEO Efrem Fesaha is from an Eritrean family but grew up in Seattle and used his understanding of the two vastly different cultures to make is mark on the coffee industry. After his initial business plan to open an East African coffee shop was rejected by banks, he remained persistent and in 2011 began importing quality green coffee directly from Ethiopia instead. Over the years word spread through the community, then Efrem began receiving requests for roasted beans, so he experimented and the Boon Boona Roastery and Cafe was born. Today the business is an active participant for better transparency across the supply chain, support for future generations in coffee farming and creating an inclusivity for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.