In fact, South Sudan is one of the cradles of coffee as its neighboring countries are Ethiopia and Eritrea.
- Arabica plants naturally grew on the Boma plateau.
- After the cultivation was long forgotten, the Belgians began planting at the end of the 19th century as colonial lords.
- Over the time they became wild and so arose a rare, aromatic Robusta plant.
- The long civil war between the Islamic North and Christian South Sudan put an end to coffee production.
- With the independence in 2011, the remaining farmers started again with coffee cultivation.
- George Clooney encouraged Nespresso to grow wild coffee in the Yei region. With the AAA Sustainable Quality Program since 2012, they promoted cultivation through training, funds and acceptance rates with the US development aid organization Techoserv and the US agency USAID.
- Now you can buy “SULUJA ti South Sudan” as a strictly limited coffee – which means “the beginning of Southern Sudan“.
- Mild and balanced in the taste with intense aromas of dried grain as well as light wood notes.
- Great commitment, only a pity that the coffee is locked in aluminum capsules!
- Arabica is also growing wildly in the country, but due to climate change they won’t survive 2020.
☕ Traditional Preparation
- The coffee is served in a special coffee pot with a long spout, the Jebena.
- But first the coffee beans are roasted in a pan.
- Then ground by hand in a mortar.
- In a clay pot, water is boiled together with the coffee powder and spices like cloves or cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and pepper.
- After boiling, the Guhwah is poured into small cups, as far up as possible to strengthen the aroma and the foam.
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