A Complicated Cup - Coffee & Poverty in Uganda

A Complicated Cup - Coffee & Poverty in Uganda

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Early morning contemplations on a complicated substance.I’ve been brewing (pun intended) over the subject of coffee in Uganda since the first morning I woke up and enjoyed a strong cup of Nescafe – coffee that was produced in Uganda, processed in the US and shipped back to Uganda for my own consumption.I haven’t yet written anything about coffee, in part, because the subject is so vast. I’ve wondered ‘should I focus on the angle of international trade, smallholder farmers, ethical consumerism, or agroforestry?’ There are too many issues in my coffee cup, folks!Coffee is a complicated substance. It’s not so easy to say, ‘coffee good, or coffee bad’ – what I’ve learned from Ugandans is that the ‘developed’ world’s favourite black gold has the potential to stimulate a positive and/or negative impact on the socioeconomic health of ‘developing’ communities and environment. Coffee for thought, anyone?

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