Tangwen Natural - KAPCHORWA, UGANDA

Quick Facts

Producer Organization: Producers from Tangwen parish - processed by Kawacom's Sipi Falls Washing Station

Country: Uganda

Region: Tangwen parish, Sipi sub-county, Kapchorwa District - Mount Elgon

Elevation: 1,800-2,000 m.a.s.l.

Varieties: SL-34, SL-14, Bourbon

Process: Natural

Exporter: Kawacom

Certifications: Organic

Flavor Notes: Berry, Black cherry, Structured, Juicy


This coffee is a blend comprised of deliveries from producers in the eastern Ugandan parish of Tangwen. It is processed by Kawacom, Atlantic Specialty's fellow ECOM company, at their nearby Sipi Falls washing station.

Kawacom opened in Uganda in 1999, buying parchment and selling mostly Bugisu semi-washed (farmer-processed coffee.) In 2012 Kawacom completed the buildout of the Sipi Falls washing station on Mount Elgon.

Kawacom began focusing on community-specific microlot selections in 2015, and has since taken top places in the AFCA Taste of Harvest competition for their natural, washed, and honey processed coffees on multiple occasions. To produce their top lots, the Sipi Falls washing station selects specific days when they know they can converse and work with the community producers to ensure the best cherry selection.

Processing Info


Coffee cherry from the Tangwen community is brought the the Sipi falls proccessing site - where it is sorted and then put on raised beds for drying. Drying takes on average 16-20 days, but if cloudy and rainy -it can take over a month. Once dried the dried cherry is put immediatly into grainpro bags until milled and shipped for export.

Regional Info

Kapchorwa, Uganda

The Sipi sub-county lies along the slopes of Mount Elgon in the eastern Ugandan district of Kapchorwa, close to the western border of Kenya. Kapchorwa's beautiful Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon National Park are popular tourist destinations for hikers and nature lovers. The district boasts some of the highest elevations where coffee is produced in the country of Uganda. The producers here are recognized as some of the most dedicated to quality, as well.