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How Rubens Gardelli Produced Coffee in Uganda

Uganda isn’t your typical coffee country but still, Rubens Gardelli recently succeeded in producing some championship-winning lots there. Learn about the fascinating story here.
Asser Christensen
Asser Christensen
Licensed Q Arabica Grader, M.A. Journalism

The Italians used to be the coffee champs of Europe. Now, however, they’re lagging behind the UK and the Scandinavian countries. 

Except for one dedicated coffee professional. Rubens Gardelli is a well-known figure in the specialty coffee community. He’ has been representing Italy on the international stage in the World Brewers Cup, where he placed #2 in 2014, and last year he won the World Coffee Roasting Championship in Guangzhou, China. 

Ugandan coffee

I have tried Gardelli’s coffees on a number of occasions, and they always deliver. I even named one of them as the best coffee in 2016 over on my Danish coffee blog. That one was a natural Pacamara from Colombia.

But Rubens keeps finding interesting lots from all over the world – especially Africa. As far as I know, he’s the only world elite roaster, who offers coffee from countries like Uganda and Cameroon.  

It looks like Rubens Gardelli isn’t about to slow down. In this video, he explains how he took a novel approach to producing coffee in Uganda. Especially lot #7 sounds amazing. (At the same time, he also demonstrates what can only be described as epic coffee presentation skills)

I’m especially enamored with a new brewing device that he’s using. It’s called The Cupping Brewer and it’s made by the new coffee brand RattleWare.

The idea is that you brew full immersion style, but then after the coffee has sunk to the bottom, you place an innovative plunger, to prevent grounds from getting into your cup.

This could definitely become the new French press! 

* Image: Dennis Tang | Flickr | CC
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Hey, I’m Asser Christensen from Denmark – the founder & editor of this site.

I have been crazy about caffeine for almost as long as I can remember. Today, I’m a licensed Q Arabica Grader and full time coffee writer.

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