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Uganda Organic Bugisu RFA


Starting at $6.25 / lb
As low as $4.75 / lb


This African coffee ranks right up there with the finest Kenyans. There are two kinds of African coffee in most people's cafe world: Ethiopian and Kenyan. And while these countries produce some of the world's best known and loved coffees, venturing to other borders can produce wonderful results. This Uganda is just such a find. Its aroma is darker than an Ethiopian with a touch of Brazil nut that you can taste in the cup, but sweet and mild, and boasting a deep, earthy, woody mouthfeel. The body of the cup is fairly light, like most African coffees, but the flavor is surprisingly rich, with dark chocolate and delicious Brazil nut flavor dominating.

Roast it darker than you would a Kenyan, but not quite Full City. The complexity will be there, but the sugars won't really develop until later in the roast.

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryUganda
  • Organic CertificationYes
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedYes
  • ProcessWashed
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)1,500-2,500
  • Brightness:4
  • Body:5
  • Aroma:6
  • Complexity:5
  • Balance:6
  • Sweetness:5
  • Spicy:-
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:heavy bean
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:-
  • Flowery:-
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:heavy bean
  • RegionSipi, Kapchorwa District
  • VarietyBourbon, SL14, SL28, and Blue Mountain
  • DryingSun dried

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by on December 11, 2018

I've been roasting my own beans for a few years and I like this bean very much. Using my SR 500 roaster, set on medium heat, high fan speed & roasting for 7.5 minutes gives me what I'm looking for using a coarse grind, brewing for 7 - 8 minutes & then French pressing. Very flavorful!

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by on September 11, 2018

Perfect just prior to second crack. This is a great find!

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by on February 8, 2016

This coffee is amazing! I stopped it before it got to second crack. I definitely got the Brazil nut in the finish, but butterscotch was dominant in the cup. Nice snd sweet, with a buttery mouthfeel, as it danced on my tastebuds. One of my favorites!

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by on September 2, 2019

I've tried several varieties of CBC's green beans, and Ugandan Bugisu is by far my favorite. Against conventional coffee roasting wisdom, I roast these beans very dark.

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by on January 2, 2019

This has been one of my favorite coffee beans since I first tried it in 2004. My "roaster" was a hot air popcorn popper, but I still had an incredible coffee! I may choose to try other beans, but the Ugandan Bugisu has consistently been my favorite. I even used to roast it in a cast iron dutch oven in oven, roasted it much longer than the coffee experts and connoisseurs recommend, and still I get the best coffee I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I now roast with a Behmor drum style roaster for more consistent roasts. Don't be afraid to roast through 2nd crack! But be ready to cool the roast soon thereafter (I personally roast till the beans are dark and beginning to get oily before I cool the roast)! Absolutely a great coffee!

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by on January 1, 2019

I love the flavor! This coffee has a good balance.

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by on July 8, 2018

First crack roast produces an outstanding cup of coffee. Very good depth, good body and balance, no after taste or acidity. I find it hard to try another bean.

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by on June 20, 2006

This is the first batch of green coffee beans my wife and I chose to roast and I am impressed. Excellent flavor! Go for a darker roast like the description recommends (not quite Full City). You won't be disappointed!

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by on October 26, 2018

My wife’s favorite. Never really liked the flavor of Ethiopian or Kenyan beans, way too heavy on the fruit side, I’m old and stick to coffee that tastes like, well, coffee. The Ugandan beans from Sipi Falls/Mt Elgon are similar to Central American with a lot of body. Very nice up to and just into 2nd crack in a 1500w popcorn popper. They do seem to look darker, I use sight, sound and temp and these are good at just shy of 450°.

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