Uganda is far
And that’s one of the reasons that this country’s high-quality coffee is relatively rare in the Australian café scene. As a landlocked, and historically geopolitically instable nation, Uganda doesn’t lend itself as an export site. But for us, with limited experience in supply chain logistics and an – ‘it can’t be that hard’ – attitude, we saw this scarcity as a market opportunity rather than an alarm bell.
That is, until we tried to get there ourselves. Before even reaching the continent, we were already two days behind, with our camera gear stuck somewhere in Doha and Darcy stranded in Bangkok after an ‘indefinite flight delay’. This somewhat reminded us of the magnitude of our plans. Regardless of who you are, there’s no direct route to Mt. Elgon, the volcano on which our farmers farm. For a shipping container of coffee, the journey is even more circuitous.
While coffee travels overland to the port at Mombasa, Kenya’s oldest city, we touch down at Entebbe. Known largely for the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight (don’t watch the new film, but do watch The Last King of Scotland), this town flanks the shores of Lake Victoria and offers Annabel her first experience of Uganda. The quirks and jostle, that you’ll come to love, are immediately obvious, as is the optimism and generosity of the locals around you. For all its challenges, Uganda is a safe country, and it’s personality make the journey well worthwhile.
It’s this personality that we want to capture and share with our Australian partners.
Written by Darcy
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