Uganda Announces Center of Fine Robusta | Coffee News |

I’ve said it before, Robusta has a great deal of potential that shouldn’t be ignored because of its market stigma as the less expensive coffee species of choice for soluble coffee production. Whether for its genetic diversity, disease- and pest-fighting resistance, potential as a second source of income to provide food security for coffee farmers or simply the chance to raise global coffee value and consumption by eliminating bad-tasting defects, Robusta has numerous unexplored avenues of potential to do good.

Therefore, I’m delighted to announce the foundation of the world’s first center of fine Robusta education and research, called CORE: the Center of Robusta Excellence. Naturally, that center will be in Uganda, ancestral home of the Robusta species. Robusta coffee is extraordinarily important to Uganda, with over 1,500,000 families depending on its cultivation as a cash crop — about 20% of the total value of all Uganda’s exports. They’ve committed to advance a next generation of Robusta coffees with a combination of applied research and education for Robusta growers and exporters. See the press release and fact statement about Robusta below. It’s a newly formed venture but something that you’re likely to be hearing more of in coming months and years.