The name of this coffee is derived from The Bakonzo Tribe.A group of descendants living throughout the Rwenzori Mountains, covering both Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Individuals do not necessarily identify as citizens of either country, they will proudly announce their Bakonzo heritage. These incredible people combined with the dream to connect these coffees and people with roasters and cafes, is where the name was born. Trust was the biggest obstacle when Agri Evolve first started trying to buy cherries from farmers and cooperatives in the Rwenzoris. The primary focus initially, was to build relationships with the key decision makers in the communities to invoke confidence in their untested and unproven initiative.
Given enough time there was a gradual shift in the quantity of coffee they could access in cherry form opposed to processed green. The benefits of this approach to sourcing lies in the control of quality.
Purchasing coffee as freshly picked, ripe cherry directly from farmers and processing it at the washing station in Kisinga, enables Agri Evolve to control the variables and create consistent premium coffee which they named ‘Bukonzo Dream’.
Coffee lots are organised by geographic regions coordinated with specialist buying centres, often broken down even further into specific day-lots.
Their focus is on controlling the natural processing of cherries while paying special attention to controlling quality, utilising round-the-clock techniques, constantly refining every process to create the best possible Rwenzori coffee.