Saving gorillas - One sip at a time!
Gorilla Conservation Coffee is a social enterprise created through the partnership between Conservation Through Public Health and World Wide Fund for Nature Switzerland. Gorilla Conservation Coffee pays a premium price to coffee farmers living next to gorillas around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Supporting local farmers helps protect the critically endangered gorillas and their fragile habitat.
The coffee blend is named after Kanyonyi, the lead silverback of the Mubare gorilla family who live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.
The Kanyonyi blend is a medium roasted 100% Arabica Coffee from Uganda. The coffee is handpicked, wet processed and roasted. Each cup has a unique aroma with hints of caramel, butter and almond.
The blend is named after the former lead silverback gorilla of the Mubare Gorilla Group, the first group habituated for tourism at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.
Kanyonyi was born in 1996 and named after the little stream where he was born.
Kanyonyi signifies what has been achieved in conservation since Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was made a National Park in 1992 and tourism began in 1993. Kanyonyi’s father – Ruhondeza – was heading Mubare group when tourism began in Bwindi, and his accommodating nature brought significant benefits to the Bwindi local community.
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, as the first Veterinary Officer of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, successfully operated on Kanyonyi’s older sister who had a rare condition of a rectal prolapse, and was named Kahara because she liked to baby-sit her younger brother, Kanyonyi. When Ruhondeza died in 2012 the local community came to pay their last respects, showing that their relationship with the park management has greatly improved and that the local community values mountain gorillas. Our hopes are that the Kanyonyi Coffee Blend will continue to build upon these conservation efforts by providing a meaningful livelihood to farmers who live next door to the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
About the coffee
The coffee is 100% Ugandan grown premium Arabica that is selectively harvested for only red ripe cherries, hand-picked, wet processed and dried under shade and tested for quality parameters at every level. The filter coffee is roasted medium and packed to the highest quality standards. Each cup has a unique aroma with hints of caramel, butter notes and almond, with a citrus taste and a sweet finish.
Where can I purchase Gorilla Conservation Coffee?
We have Gorilla Conservation Coffee beans available for sale
either visit us in store
Rangiora Vet Centre, 181 Lehmans Road, Rangiora
or email your order to: firstname.lastname@example.org