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Our Background

The history of Gayaza coffee dates back to the 1920s. 

Our great-grandmother, Mrs. Milia, roasted the coffee in local pots and ground it on a local millstone, which she then wrapped in banana leaves and took to the market for sale. Ms. Milia later died leaving a daughter, Nakintu, my father’s mother.

My father was already a shoemaker at that time. and my grandmother, Mrs. Nakintu, told my father to get into the coffee business as all the equipment was still available and my father started roasting coffee on site, then he upgraded, built a coffee roaster and utilized charcoal roasting. The roaster used to make 10kg of coffee at a time, then switched from a local grinder and bought a grinder, started packing it in paper bags, used their own stamp and called it Kabuye coffee around the 1960s.
He worked for a while and won the market by saving money and buying the land we are on now around the 1970s.

Since there was no electricity here, he moved to Gayaza, where there was electricity, bought land there, and installed his electric grinder there. My father worked; During the time, no one was allowed to process and sell coffee. My father had to get a license from the Coffee Marketing Board (CMB) which was the only body authorized to buy and sell coffee. So we used to go there and buy coffee there all the time, but we had a hard time packing and we had so much orders that often failed due to lack of packaging.

In 1984, my father went to UCB (Uganda Commercial Bank) and applied for a loan which he was granted and bought a coffee roaster, coffee grinder and other packaging material, and a small van. This loan was to be repaid in 4 years with a grace period of 2 years before starting to pay back and we repaid the loan. We got packing material from Kenya and paid a small, not too high fee.

The machines ran out, we couldn’t work well. My friend James Mulwana had bought some machines from Unilever at the time. This company had good machines including roasters and I asked James to sell us a machine which he sold to us for 85 million Uganda Shillings by then and we slowly paid for the machine until we fully acquired it. We bought a complete package including a few machines and packaging machine.

I have roasted for so many suppliers because our machine has the capacity. It can roast 500kg of coffee a day. The issue we have is that the machine is old, and we had bought it second hand and yet we have so many people we roast for. If we could acquire a new machine, we can roast and work well. We have the market, but the machine is old.

Some orders we can’t do because the machine is old, yet the market is there. We have taught people to consume coffee, People stop taking coffee because they don’t know how to prepare it. Sometimes people don’t buy coffee because its sometimes expensive. I have taught people how to prepare coffee, and how to prepare coffee. Packaging is also expensive, but people really love coffee. We supply coffee everywhere in Uganda, let no one ever tell you that in Uganda people don’t consume coffee. We can sell up to 30 tons of coffee in a month.

We sometimes get orders from outside Uganda, and we sell on the borders and our neighboring countries come to the borders and buy and they always call us to thank us for making good coffee. If we have good machinery, we can really work and supply worldwide.

We have constructed a factory where we are working from now and we have bought some land and 3 trucks for moving the coffee. We have built an arcade and various rental apartments from this coffee business and most importantly we have created employment opportunities for over 60 Ugandans. We also have a coffee garden of about 8 acres.