Kisansa Coffee

  • Rome




About Us

KISANSA is the traditional Lugandan name of THE original wild growing coffee as it is indigenous in Uganda and parts of Eastern DRC only. Believed to be extinct for many decades, a bunch of forward-looking, visionary and innovative Ugandan farmers from the central region of Luweero have re-discovered, re-cultivated and re-promoted the indigenous wild coffee, which in fact is a tree and can even grow up to 15 meters. The export screening is over 18. It's strong, has a full body with a typical bitter as well as earthly taste, naturally perfectly balanced with an elegant chocolate-flavour! Our latest video (see homepage) shows and explains the wet-processed and carefully treated Kisansa-harvest. Kisansa-Project is a cross cooperation between the Ugandan NGO REDOU (Rural Empowerment Development Organisation Uganda), the farmer's cooperaticve Lurocop (Luweero Robusta Coffee Presidium) and the Austrian Entrepreneur Thomas Kukovec (WOSFF co-founder), who is temporary based in Rome, Italy.

UCDA, the Ugandan Coffee Development Authority, has approved the export of Kisansa thus acknowledging its premium quality. Currently, it's being traded as "Robusta", yet its origin remains still unclear, as it could be either...

1) a local indigenous Robusta/ (currently sold as such!)
2) or a liberica derewei, a particular varieties (or subspecies ) of liberica
3) or a natural hybrid of the two or an interspecies hybrid (there has been found a lot of overlapping between the two species in that area)

Therefore, the KISANSA-project has been initiated in order to further investigate its very origin. As a result, we closly cooperate with WOSFF and with the agriculture-related UN organisations in Rome, Italy..

This is more than just a business and goes beyond what we would call a "development“-project. Kisansa is self-reproductive, disease-resistant and thus free accessible for even small family farmers. It can give as much as 300kg of harvest and thus increase the farmer’s income. And due to its strength, it doesn’t require pesticides. It’s thus organic by default!

Agricultural products are traded just like any other natural resources on the world market. Over the last few years the market for fairly traded and organic products has boomed and the demand for properly certified food products is constantly growing. This new trend goes hand in hand with other issues, such as sustainability, organic farming etc., which are now being focused on by our group in the attempt to raise awareness for a more respectful approach with food and natural resources and for their production process involved. But sustainability goes beyond a mere “labeling system”. Small family farmers are fair and organic by default. The FAO declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. But very little attention has been paid to this issue, since neither the world market nor the companies operating in the fair-trade sector really promoted significant initiatives or campaigns.

Now, Ugandan farmers in Luweero, Central Uganda (represented through the local NGO REDOU - Rural Empowerment Development Organisation Uganda and the coffee-cooperative LUROCOP - Luweero Robusta Coffee Presidium) want to sell their KISANSA. But for fair prices and without those conditions that the world market and the known labels dictate. The WOSFF - World Organisation for Sustainable Family Farming that is currently being founded in Rome, is their European partner. Unfortunately the cooperative has not yielded much success so far due to the pressure of the world market that still dictates the prices for "Robusta“. On the other hand, it’s not easy for African farmers to establish a "fair trade“-partnership unless they invest in the commonly required standards, which do not necessarily guarantee that they will be acquiring new and regular customers. Since KISANSA has an excellent quality, the cooperative would like to establish its product on a niche market. We strongly believe KISANSA could provide such a niche. Our coffee is not Kopi Luwak, yet a unique speciality that even the SLOW FOOD FOUNDATION has recognized as something that goes beyond regular Robusta. KISANSA can make a difference for small scale coffee-farmers in East Africa in terms of economical development, in terms of independence and in terms of environmental sustainability.

We are looking for scientists, who are willing to help us doing research on Kisansa. But we ae also looking for coffee-traders, we are looking for coffee buyers and we are looking for coffee-roasters and actually anyone who is willing to support us in building a partnership!

At this point someone could say now "Let's safe Africa", but that's outdated! Let's rather cooperate with African visionaires!