Meet Our Executive Chef


According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, almost 70 percent of the labor force in Uganda is involved in agriculture, but in 2012 less than one in four agricultural households had ever received agricultural extension services.

Of those who had received agricultural extension services, more than 80 percent were male-headed households, implying a significant percentage of women are left out.

Despite coffee’s profit-making potential, many coffee farmers living in coffee-growing regions struggle to make ends meet.

With limited access to land, labor, finance, commercial services, and information about coffee production, young people and women find it particularly difficult to enter the commercial coffee sector and turn a profit.

We are solving this problem by conducting on-farm and off-farm training, focusing on financial literacy, record-keeping, use of the latest technology tools, farm management, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, problem-solving skills to mention just a few.

The training we do focus on the following groups:

Farmers: For a farmer to maximize returns from their efforts on the farm, they need to be informed about reliable and authentic sources of inputs, sustainable production practices, and pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest handling.

For farmers that have smartphones, we share with them or direct them to platforms where they can view training modules at locations and times that are convenient to them.

Baristas: For Ugandan coffee to attract a significant domestic market, the people serving it at coffeehouses, cafes, and restaurants need to be highly skilled.

So, we train baristas in coffee-making techniques, how to clean, maintain and operate equipment, and how to ensure the coffee-making standards are always high and up to date.

A good barista also needs to have soft skills like communication, food etiquette, team coordination, adaptability, among others.

Youths: With over 78% of its population under the age of 30, Uganda has the world’s second youngest country but it also faces a challenge of rising youth unemployment.

We are helping young people (both illiterate and literate) develop the skills they need to set up their own business or to work as an employee in the coffee sector.

We transform the youths into leaders, educators, and advocates so they can transfer the knowledge and draw attention to the challenges and opportunities facing their colleagues and rally for change at both district and national levels.

Roasters: Uganda is not generating enough value from its coffee partly because of sending poor-quality products to the market.

We train coffee roasters to learn the basics about green coffee by highlighting tasting defects, tasting different origins, tasting different varieties, and tasting different processes.

For those that want to set up businesses, we teach them customer service, how to brew their coffee, the production process, and handling shops and orders.

Women: Strengthening the participation of women in the coffee sector not only improves the stream of goods and services available to smallholders but creates employment opportunities for young people within these businesses.

We help women to organize their supply chain, bulk, and store top-quality coffee and build links with traders, providing them with a decent income and new business opportunities.

Startups: For startuppers in the coffee sector, they need knowledge on registration, links to reliable farmers, navigating the markets (local and domestic), and creating linkages.

We also train emerging entrepreneurs on how to position themselves for external funding (loans, grants, equity, etc.)

Extension workers: Uganda’s agricultural sector is in dire need of a skilled labor force and it’s through trainings that we can address this challenge. We train and work with extension workers to accelerate the distribution of knowledge in the coffee sector.