Coffee with Social Impact: Photo Gallery

Workers return with the beans they have picked

The taste alone of Ugandan Gold Coffee makes it different from other coffee products. What makes it extra special is the social impact that comes along with every bag purchased. Every time you buy a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee, you are helping our clean water well initiative in Uganda. Clean water brings new life. To explain it a little better, we put a series of photos together we have collected over the years travelling to see the beautiful farm and the people who work there.

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Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

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So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth. Job 5:16

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23

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Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

 

Learning About Other Religions in Africa, Bringing People to Christ

The ultimate goal of Ugandan Gold Coffee is to bring people to Christ through the development of jobs, food and, one of the most important components of development, water wells. When a well is completed, a community grows and thrives around the clean water source. People come together to form strong bonds in Christ, then venture outside of their village to continue to spread the Word of God. It is not just about the coffee.

To know more about the place we are serving, we did a little research about the religious practices in Africa and, more specifically, Uganda.

First, it is important to note that there is no one common religion in the continent of Africa. The Encyclopedia Britannica explains, “Africa is a vast continent encompassing both geographic variation and tremendous cultural diversity. Each of the more than 50 modern countries that occupy the continent has its own particular history, and each in turn comprises numerous ethnic groups with different languages and unique customs and beliefs.” Religious practices are age-old traditions within the culture. Christian and Islamic beliefs are actually thought to be a part of the New Religious Movements growing throughout Africa.

Even though it is extremely diverse, religious ideologies can be compared to find similar practices and beliefs. For example, the majority of African religions believe in a “Supreme Being” who brought the Earth into existence and then withdrew from the daily life of man. How the practices differ is in the prayer, sacrifices, and worship of intermediary gods between man and the Supreme Being. To put this into perspective, instead of the Christian portrayal of the relationship with God being one of intimate trust and faithfulness, the people of Ghana leave it to the elders of the community to pray to Nyame, the Creator.

Along with this, in African culture there is a heavy reliance upon ancestors to provide protection against the evil of the world. Much like the Christian guardian angel, ancestors give spiritual guidance to their living community members and are considered to be mediators for experiencing spiritual power. Becoming an ancestor is reserved for those individuals who, in life, achieved high social status and maintained a certain behavior pleasing to the culture. It is believed the ancestors watch over their villages and bestow sickness or misfortune upon them as a penalty for misbehavior. This concept explains why many Africans believe in a connection between biological suffering and moral dilemmas/social conflict.

The people of Uganda practice 3 major religions: Islam, Christianity, and indigenous beliefs. Majority of the population (80%) believe in the Christian God, about 15% practice Islam, and the remainder follow their tribal religions. For many, traditional religious beliefs are combined with traditional tribal beliefs, creating a “form of various syncretic religious trends” (britannica.com).

What does all of this mean? Hope. To encourage those who believe to continue putting their faith into practice. To tell others about the love of God. Providing clean water opens the door for hope. How can you help? By purchasing a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee, you are contributing to our efforts to drill wells in villages that need clean water, hope, and Christ.

Information derived from: https://www.britannica.com/topic/African-religions

Image from: churchpop.com

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

One Month until Christmas, What to Buy and What to Bake

Get your Christmas sweater ready because Christmas is just a month away! We thought we would help you out with some things you can buy for that one person who seems to have everything, and some recipes you can bake for all the holiday parties you will be going to (using coffee, of course!).

Buy – Coffee and Chocolate

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This holiday package includes a bag of Regular Roast Coffee and a bar of gourmet African chocolate! Total with shipping, this product is under $22 with profits going to the well drilling initiative in Uganda.

Bake – Coffee Fudge Brownies

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These delicious little bars are featured on our Pinterest page along with several other baking with coffee recipes. Fudge Brownies are always a crowd-pleaser and can be decorated for any occasion. Super easy to make and has our favorite ingredient – coffee!

Photo courtesy of: cookingontheside.com

Buy – Classic Gift Box

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The Classic Gift Box comes with 2 bags of regular coffee (caffeinated), 1 bag of regular decaffeinated coffee, and 1 bag of caramel pecan-flavored coffee. All of this can be purchased for $32 and if 2 (or more) gift boxes are bought, the shipping (to one address) is free! Great gift for someone who loves coffee in mass amounts and would appreciate knowing their coffee has a social impact!

Bake – Cappuccino French Toast with Coffee Cream

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Start the day off right with some French toast, even better, coffee French toast. The pictures alone are enough to make your mouth water and it is best paired with, you guessed it, coffee! Great for the morning after Thanksgiving or right before opening gifts Christmas day!

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Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35

The Short Answer: What is Ugandan Gold Coffee?

The answer to the question, “What is Ugandan Gold Coffee?” can be long and involved. We are passionate about our coffee mission and we are thankful that the history of Ugandan Gold Coffee is full of miracles and opportunities for new life. With busy holidays fast approaching, we also know your time is limited. So we put it all in a video for you! Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PFdExaZS9Q

With Christmas coming up in a little over a month, you might need some suggestions for corporate gifts or Secret Santa, and we have the perfect present. Our holiday selection offers a wide variety of choices to meet every relative or coworker’s need. Hey, everybody likes coffee – you cannot go wrong!

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10

Is It Possible to Drink Coffee While Maintaining a Healthy Diet?

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As the holidays approach, sticking to your normal eating habits can be the difference between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and packing on an extra 10 pounds.  It is easy to list the things that have to be consumed in moderation: ice cream, fried food, and those amazing Christmas cookies your sister always brings to the Christmas Eve party. The true question is, does coffee have to be on that list?

According to livestrong.com, you can drink coffee while keeping your diet clean. The trick is that it has to be coffee in the bare bones – black.  Livestrong notes that a cup of brewed coffee (with nothing in it) has a mere 5 calories, but as soon as all the sweeteners and creamers are added, the cup of Joe shoots up to 40 to 60 calories. If you are thinking of enjoying a slice of pie and a cup of coffee after a Thanksgiving feast, for the sake of your calorie count, skip the cream and sugar in your mug.

To move on from the “thou shalt nots” to the “thou shall dos”, coffee is naturally healthy – all on its own! Authoritynutrition.com says that the caffeine can actually boost the brain’s ability to stay awake, focus, and learn. Scientifically, caffeine blocks a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine. This particular neurotransmitter is responsible for promoting sleep and causing you to become drowsy. Caffeine blocks adenosine from functioning, helping the brain to feel more alert. In moderation, the jolt of caffeine can keep the mind attentive enough to complete tasks and get through the day.

Authoritynutrition.com goes on to list several nutrients within coffee that help the body develop and stay healthy. Some of these include:

-Vitamin B2

-Vitamin B5

-Manganese

-Potassium

-Magnesium

-Niacin

It is possible to enjoy coffee while trying to keep to a natural, healthy lifestyle. Its natural makeup of nutrients and relatively low calorie count allow coffee to be included even if you are watching your calorie consumption. The key is to avoid the sugary and high-fat add-ins and to make sure you are not consuming too much caffeine which can have a negative effect if you go over the recommended daily amount. Coffee is wonderful and it doesn’t have to be cut out of your daily routine during the holidays.

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:11

 

 

Giving Thanks to God, Coffee, and Clean Water

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and we thought we could give you a little bit of encouragement before heading into the weekend with some of our favorite verses about giving thanks. At Ugandan Gold Coffee, we are thankful for the power of God. We are very aware that without the mercy of Christ we would not be the organization we are today, and we would not have been able to bless as many lives as we have over the years.  We are thankful for our workers, good harvests, and clean water. We wish all our readers the best as they prepare for a busy holiday of turkey, mashed potatoes, and (we are hoping) a good cup of Ugandan Gold Coffee to wash the feast down.

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  2 Corinthians 9:11

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.  Psalm 9:1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. 1 Corinthians 1:4-5

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  2 Corinthians 4:15-16

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4 Factors in Making the Absolute Best Cup of Coffee Using the Best Ugandan Bean

It is easy to admit that Ugandan Gold Coffee is naturally good for a multitude of reasons. But what else can be done to bring out all the delicious flavors? We did a little research on the National Coffee Association (NCA) website and compiled a list of ways to make your morning pot of coffee even better:

  1. Buy it freshbeans

According to the National Coffee Association, it is extremely important to buy the coffee as fresh as possible, much like all the other produce you may buy in a grocery store. The ideal time span coffee stays fresh is one to two weeks – tops. The NCA suggests purchasing smaller bags that way you are not using one huge bag for several weeks. You can restock anytime with Ugandan Gold Coffee if it is your coffee of choice 🙂

  1. Do not reuse

For once we are encouraging you not to recycle. At least not right away. The NCA specifically notes how reusing coffee grounds removes the flavor. In fact, the more times you put the grounds through the brewing process, the more bitter it becomes. This concept goes hand in hand with the freshness – fresher grounds give you better coffee. If you do wish to recycle your grounds instead of throwing them in the garbage, you can read up on the NCA’sbeans3 suggested article about how to do it here.

  1. Surprisingly, water

The kind of water you use to brew your coffee can affect the taste, obviously. Highly chlorinated water detracts from the flavor of our Sipi Falls coffee. The amount of water you use is just as influential to the taste as the water itself. The NCA urges the “Golden Ratio”. In simple terms, for every 6 ounces of water you use, dump 2 tablespoons of ground coffee into the coffee maker. Of course, this is simply the NCA’s opinion; adding more water or coffee will change the strength of the flavor, so change it to your preference.

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It should be no surprise that the bean, the main ingredient, is a factor in taste. The lines are blurred as to what is the “best” bean to pair with a certain type of roasting. It is all based on your preference! If you are curious, you can read all the details, but to save you from the long paragraphs, Ugandan Gold Coffee’s beans are 100% natural and offers a wide variety of options. We encourage you to do research on what level of roasting you enjoy and where your beans come from – it can mean all the difference! You can also check out what we have after glancing at the NCA’s
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Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8-9

Information derived from: www.ncausa.org/About-Coffee/How-to-Brew-Coffee

A Little Fun for a Monday, Dancing Joyfully in Uganda

To keep it pretty short for a Monday, glance at this beautiful video of some of our coffee workers singing and dancing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0nyVtUhVCo

In the country of Uganda, dance can be a way to celebrate a social occasion, good harvest, or religious ceremony. In this video, it is in gratefulness for new cooking stoves. Happy Monday!

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

5 Ways You can Help Your Favorite Nonprofit. Right Now.

With the hustle and bustle of life, it can be hard to help a nonprofit. Especially one more than five minutes down the street which isn’t easily accessible on your day off. For us, it is more like a 36 hour trek for a several day commitment. To give ya some suggestions which does not include a trip to Africa, we have compiled a list of 5 things you can do to help Ugandan Gold Coffee specifically or any nonprofit you feel called to lend a hand.img_0184

  1. Buy the product/service that is being offered.

For Ugandan Gold, that is our coffee. We donate our profits towards a well digging initiative in Uganda. We keep our coffee extremely affordable and delicious so the drink you have purchased is enjoyable. Do your research about other organizations. They have to be making money somehow, so find out what it is. If it is something you can incorporate into your everyday life (like coffee), start buying. Replace your usual choice (Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, a store brand, etc.) with a product that has an impact.

  1. Engage on social media.

Nonprofit social media strategies are all about organic reach. Ugandan Gold Coffee tries to reach as many people as possible without spending money for advertising. We believe available money should go to Uganda instead of being spent on ads, therefore we depend on our followers to increase our range. We are not the only ones who think that way. If you appreciate the content a nonprofit is offering, then like, share, and comment. If you do not like what they are producing, speak up with your opinion. They will greatly appreciate the feedback!

  1. Talk it up.

Word-of-mouth is an extremely powerful technique that nonprofits and for-profit businesses rely on. Do you remember the last product you bought because someone else told you it was awesome? Yeah, it is pretty easy to recall! So if Ugandan Gold is your go-to morning drink, bring it up during small talk. It smells fantastic – when a coworker mentions the aroma, go into a speech about how your coffee is the best because it saves lives.

  1. Donate.

When we say “donate” we do not necessarily mean only money. Think about donating your time as well. The fruit of our labor is sweet, whether it be going on a mission trip or simply attending a fundraiser Ugandan Gold (or any nonprofit) puts on. It can even be as easy as writing a testimony to your favorite organization, letting them know why you love them. This will encourage them to do even more and to do it better.

  1. PRAY!

This is absolutely, positively, the most important thing you can do for a nonprofit, and it can be done on your way to work, while you are on the treadmill, and right before you dig into dinner. Every prayer is greatly appreciated because the work nonprofits do is not easy. We wholeheartedly believe that the reason Ugandan Gold is still thriving is because we have the support of hundreds of brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Giving to a nonprofit does not have to be complicated or a wallet breaker. Here at Ugandan Gold Coffee we appreciate any effort our customers put into our organization because it is not about the selling of coffee, it is about spreading the power of God– through clean water, through jobs, and through farming.

 

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

 

 

More Than Just…

Ugandan Gold Coffee is more than just coffee. Yes, the product we sell is one of high quality and affordable price, but our goal is not centered toward money. It is about the social impact we can make through providing clean water to the people of Uganda. We produced a short 30 second video depicting what our organization is more than just… Here are brief descriptions of each item in the video, followed by the video itself – enjoy!

More than just… Fair trade.

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We are proud to say our coffee farm in Uganda is close to being 100% self-sustaining. When we developed it a few years back we did not want the people working on it to be dependent on Americans. It was with the Ugandans’ best interest in mind when we showed them how to make a profit and stay steady on their own two feet.

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The sales definitely bring in money. Our idea would not function without an operational cycle. Luckily, it is through the business model that we can provide access to clean water, and with that access churches, schools, and small shops grow. Clean water brings culture and thriving communities.

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The way we process our beans is completely natural and completely delicious. We taught the farmers how to grow efficiently so they can reap more of a crop each season to increase profits. Just as an example of how detail-oriented we are: when harvesting, our workers pick the individual beans off the coffee tree branches instead of grabbing the ripe and unripe beans together in handfuls.

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Outside of Africa, hundreds of people are involved in the growth of the coffee farm – from our social media followers to our dedicated board members. Everyone who has heard our story is touched by the power of God and feels called to make a difference.

More than just… A Community
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 As mentioned before, water wells encourage the growth of community around them. It is out of this community that Christian fellowship grows. It is through these relationships that men and women can go out into the world and share the love of Christ.

More than just coffee.

You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.
Psalm 65:9