What is a peaberry? A peaberry is a fancy name for when one seed (“bean”) develops in a “cherry” on a coffee plant instead of the usual two seeds. When two seeds develop in the cherry, the facing sides are flat. When only one of the two seeds is fertilized it ends up developing in a more round or pea shape, hence the term “Peaberry”. Roughly 5% of all coffee beans harvested are in this form.
Our label for this coffee is a painting of a Ugandan Giraffe visiting the lighthouse at the Richards Landing marina. The Ugandan giraffe, more commonly known as a Rothschild’s giraffe, is one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies. There are only a few hundred left in the wild, and they all live in protected areas of Kenya and Uganda. One of the few locations that they can be found is Murchison Falls National Park in northern Uganda. But, wouldn’t if be fun to have one visit St. Joseph Island?
Farmer Cooperative: Gumutindo
Fast Facts on Gumutindo (from Cooperative Coffees)
- Founded in 1998
- Comprised of more than 6,000 farmers
- Women make up half the membership
- FLO certified since 2003
- Farmers began transition into organics upon becoming members
- Located on and around Mount Elgon, a large volcanic mountain that spans several kilometers along the border of Uganda and Kenya
- Farmers produce high quality arabica coffee at altitudes beyond 2,000 meters above sea level.
- Gumutindo is a farmer-owned business that is made up of ten different “primary societies” (a type of sub-coop) that represent more than 6,000 farmers.