A sweet, nutty coffee from Uganda with notes of pecan and nutmeg, grown by an amazing and unique cooperative consisting of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian coffee farmers. $1.00 from the sale of each package is donated to the Peace Kawomera Cooperative for community development projects. The price quoted is a monthly cost of coffee for the term of the subscription.
Sweet and full-bodied with hints of pecan and nutmeg, pleasantly assertive milk chocolate, marzapan, and subtle perfume of fresh vanilla bean.
In 2003, JJ Keki, a Ugandan farmer, walked door-to-door asking his Muslim, Christian, and Jewish neighbors to put aside old differences, confront their challenges together, and find a better price for their coffee. His neighbors agreed, and together, they formed the Peace Kawomera Cooperative. Theirs is the story of a community who risked everything—their farms and their livelihoods—to build a more prosperous future, and peace.
The 1,032 farmers of the Peace Kawomera Cooperative produce beautiful Arabica coffee on the slopes of Mt. Elgon, in Eastern Uganda. Rich volcanic soils, antique varietals, and the farmer’s craft combine to produce a coffee that is rich and full-bodied, with distinctive hints of vanilla and nutmeg, and a nutty sweetness.
We donate 25 cents per package to the Peace Kawomera Cooperative to support schools, business development, and quality improvement.
Excellent Habitat for Coffee
Grown high on the slopes of Mt. Elgon, a dormant volcano in eastern Uganda, Mirembe Kawomera Coffee is produced in small batches by the family farmers of the Peace Kawomera Cooperative.
Rich volcanic soils, shade canopy, and artisan production methods combine to produce an exceptional coffee bean with distinctive flavor and character. The antique Arabica varieties cultivated by the farmers of the Peace Kawomera Cooperative were planted nearly a century ago, after being transported from nearby Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.
Full-bodied and lively, with hints of pecan and notes of nutmeg, and a lingering sensation of malty antiquity.
Small-Scale Farming and Fair Trade
Economically, coffee is the backbone of the Ugandan economy, accounting for over 90% of the country’s revenues from international trade. In terms of export earnings, Uganda is the most coffee-dependent country in the world. The vast majority of Uganda’s coffee is produced by small-scale family farmers numbering at least 500,000 in a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon. Historically, these farmers saw only small profits on their coffee due to low international prices, inefficient government marketing boards, and exploitative market intermediaries. Mirembe Kawomera Coffee is the first Fair Trade Certified™ Ugandan coffee to reach the U.S. market.
Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda
Various Artists SFW40504
Abayudaya: The Music of the Jews of Uganda presents a unique collection of African-Jewish music in which the rhythms and harmonies of Africa blend with Jewish celebration and traditional Hebrew prayer. This compelling repertoire is rooted in local Ugandan music and infused with rich choral singing, Afro-pop, and traditional drumming. The repertoire includes lullabies, political and children's song, religious rituals, hymns, and celebratory music, with song texts in Hebrew, English, and several Ugandan languages. This singular community of African people living committed Jewish lives has survived persecution and isolation and asserts, "We have been saved by our music." 24 tracks.
Additional notes, lyrics, and translations available here.
2005 GRAMMY Award Nominee for Best Traditional World Album
Thanksgiving begins marketing Mirembe Kawomera “Delicious Peace” Coffee to faith-based communities, establishing the foundation for an interfaith movement of churches, synagogues, and mosques working to support the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish farmers of the Peace Kawomera Cooperative in Uganda.
Thanksgiving establishes its partnership with Bikes to Rwanda and raises money for a bike shop to maintain the new fleet of cargo bikes at the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative in Rwanda.
Thanksgiving’s Ben Corey-Moran and Sarah Bodnar visit Ethiopia in search of a beautiful coffee and establish a partnership with the Sidama Farmers Cooperative Union in Southern Ethiopia.
Co-founder Paul Katzeff receives the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thanksgiving Coffee Company, The Peace Kawomera Cooperative, and Kulanu are honored with the prestigious Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from The Tufts Institute for Global Leadership.