Escape Kisoro for a little bit and get immersed in the culture of coffee. Even if you aren’t a coffee lover yet, you might easily become one — after listening to the expertise of Julius Wetala and tasting the goodies. Views of Lake Mutanda will be your extra bonus.
You will drive (10 minutes) or walk (30 minutes) to a coffee grower’s homestead on a hill that separates Kisoro Town from Lake Mutanda. Your companion: Julius Wetala, a coffee expert from a Mbale family of growers.
If you come by car, you will park in a village and then experience a steep climb of about 10 minutes before you reach the family compound.
Wetala will first show you the plantation and talk about the difference between Arabica and Robusta. Of the two coffee species, Arabica is compatible with high altitude areas and therefore the choice of our region.
At the family house you will then witness wet processing (when the outer layer is removed by pulping). Dry parchment is then taken for hauling as the farmer cleans the beans.
The lady of the house will roast the beans in a thatched area in front of the house. There are three levels of coffee roasting: light roast, medium roast and dark roast. Which one would you prefer?
Julius will show you how different roasting, water temperature and time affect the taste of what is in your cup… Your coffee will never taste the same again!