From farm to cup: Endiro Coffee spreads wings to Sipi Falls
Visitors to the Elgon circuit in eastern Uganda can now quench their craving for a Cappuccino under the misty sprays of the scenic Sipi falls
Ugandan coffee shop Endiro Coffee, has spread wings to eastern Uganda opening its 11th branch in the country, at Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa. The eleventh outlet comes a decade after Endiro first set up shop in Kampala.
“The coffee culture is growing in Uganda starting from Kampala and is fast spreading across the country. We have opened at different locations across the country to encourage Ugandans to drink coffee,” said Roger Agamba, the Managing Director Endiro Coffee Shops during the unveiling of the Kapchorwa branch.
The coffee shop entered a partnership with Lacam lodge to set up shop in Sipi. Endiro Coffee operates coffee shops and Endiro growers which works in the communities and supports coffee farmers. The coffee growing arm of the businesses currently works with over 250 coffee farmers in Bukalasi, Bududa District.
“Since our founding in 2011, Endiro Coffee has supported a variety of compassion and transformation projects and is committed to continuing this practice. Since 2014, however, we have been working hard to reinvent the way we engage in the coffee business at every level so that everything we do is positive and transformational” Gloria Katusiime, the CEO of Endiro Coffee said.
She said they set up Endiro coffee with the goal of ending child vulnerability and to transform the lives of the coffee growers by paying them a premium and supporting them through the coffee value chain. Katusiime said she wants to find ways to work with farmers in Kapchorwa to promote Ugandan coffee globally.
Mr Chesol Tom, the Resident District Commissioner for Kapchorwa District said he was extremely happy to associate with the launch of Endiro Coffee in Kapchorwa. Endiro coffee has a good track record in the coffee industry and will help with value addition and help our farmers with the coffee market needs.
“Through this partnership, farmers will be able to get value for the coffee that they will be selling in the market. Our tourism industry is also going to benefit because we get so many visitors here who require good quality food and accommodation,” he said.
Isaac Chemonges, the tourism officer in Kapchorwa welcomed the Endiro Family to Sipi and Kapchorwa. “We believe this is going a long way to boost the hospitality industry and tourism in Kapchorwa. Kapchorwa is gifted with nature and also grows the best coffee in the World. We encourage you to attach your product to Sipi falls and Land of Athletic champions,” he said.
Statistics from the Uganda Investment Authority indicate that Uganda is Africa’s largest producer of Robusta, yet despite the heritage domestic consumption is still low.