Uganda is a land-locked country in East Africa, bordered by five countries; Kenya in the East, South Sudan in the North, Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the Southwest and Democratic Republic of Congo in the West. Located on the equator, Uganda has a tropical climate, ideal for growing cocoa; and although cocoa is only found in some parts of this fascinating country, it is mainly grown in the districts of Bundibugyo, Mukono, Kayunga, Jinja, Iganga, Mayuge, Buikwe and Masindi. With an economy largely based on agriculture, their primary export is coffee; however, cocoa yields are increasing year upon year. Home to the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, which has the third largest mountain peak in Africa, known for having varying climates and species, Uganda also has the second largest freshwater lake in the world, it’s surface area more than 26,000 square miles.
“For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly the Pearl of Africa.” -Winston Churchill
We chose our Uganda 80% due to Linda’s continued involvement with a charity based in Eastern Uganda, in a small township called Kumi. Having visited a cocoa farm, she was captivated by the area and all it stood for, and felt that the cocoa would complement our range.
A dark, almost moody chocolate, it’ robust, earthy flavours are indicative of the rich mineral soil of the Bundibugyo region in the west of Uganda, bordering the Congo. It has a full-bodied yet balanced cocoa intensity, accompanied by bitterness and acidity. A high cocoa mass and a special way of conching reveal the unmistakable and enticing notes of humus and mushrooms.
3 fun facts about Uganda
- Earth’s equator is an imaginary line dividing the North and South hemispheres. There are only a few countries that the equator runs through, including Ecuador and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Don’t be offended if you’re invited to someone’s home for fried grasshoppers; it’s a sign of endearment, because this cuisine is a delicacy in Uganda.
- It has one of the World’s Smallest Churches, measuring in at 8 ft tall and 250 centimeters wide; a chapel on Biku hill has just enough room inside for 3 churchgoers – including the pastor!
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80% Uganda Dark Chocolate Bar
80% Uganda is a strong, dark and earthy origin chocolate; with smoked cocoa flavours, and a subtle acidity, it’s best enjoyed little by little to really savour it’s distinctive profile.