Here are some pictures of coffee in Uganda from seed to cup!

Ugandan coffee seedling
Ugandan coffee seedling

our robusta coffee was grown from seed in the south of Uganda at The Kasenge-Riverford organic agricultural centre.

Ugandan tiny coffee seedlings
Ugandan tiny coffee seedlings

the coffee seedlings took around a month to germinate.

coffee seedlings in the nursery
coffee seedlings in the nursery

the nursery full of thousands of coffee seedlings

coffee seedling growing well
coffee seedling growing well

a little shade makes the difference between life and death for a coffee seedling.

Ugandan coffee tree
Ugandan coffee tree

i think this must be the stage between seedling and tree for our happy coffee!

Ugandan coffee tree with beans on
Ugandan coffee tree with beans on

here is a fully grown and well tended coffee tree with cherries ready for picking.

Uganda coffee flowers
Uganda coffee flowers

the smell of coffee flowers is absolutely divine - a combination of jasmine and honeysuckle.

green coffee beans in Uganda
green coffee beans in Uganda

healthy green coffee beans

Ugandan coffee cherries getting ripe
Ugandan coffee cherries getting ripe

the cherries all ripen at different times, so the coffee is carefully hand picked.

Uganda coffee ready for picking
Uganda coffee ready for picking

the red cherries are carefully picked one at a time - which is where the saying "cherry picking" comes from!

red coffee cherries in Uganda
red coffee cherries in Uganda

the red cherries seem to be bursting with flavour!

coloured coffee cherries
coloured coffee cherries

you can see here cherries at differing degrees of ripeness.

Ugandan red coffee cherries
Ugandan red coffee cherries

here you have a perfect handful of ripe cherries.

coloured coffee beans
coloured coffee beans

this is how coffee beans look when they are drying.

dried coffee beans
dried coffee beans

some coffee is laid out on mats or on the ground to dry naturally in the sun.

roasted beans
roasted beans

in uganda many farmers roast and grind coffee. they grind the coffee with stones!

coffee compost
coffee compost

nothing goes to waste. the husks from the cherries are used to make compost.

green beans
green beans

here are the beans ready to be roasted

Redber roasting coffee beans
Redber roasting coffee beans

the smell of roasting coffee is wonderful and here are the beans as they come out of the machine.

Redber roasting happy coffee beans
Redber roasting happy coffee beans

these beans have had a long journey to get to this point.

Redber with our happy coffee beans
Redber with our happy coffee beans

the end product. all the way from uganda to a cup near you!