Uganda 2022 Origin Adventure Trip Recap

Uganda 2022 Origin Adventure Trip Recap

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Origin Adventures

In 2019 we took a handful of people to go meet our cacao sourcing partners in the Dominican Republic. This marked the start of Origin Adventures: carefully curated life-changing trips to meet our cacao and coffee sourcing partners. Participants learn about the importance of a transparent supply chain, and have incredible adventures along the way.

This year in late January we took a group of 27 guests to go and meet both our cacao and coffee farming partners in Uganda. It was an absolutely incredible trip that gave participants a hands-on look into direct trade and the importance of a transparent supply chain. Beyond just the taste of chocolate and coffee, we wanted to show trip participants how chocolate and coffee can bring people together to create community and foster a better understanding of each other and the world as a whole.

We wanted to do our best to share the experiences we had with you through the many photos we captured during the trip, highlighting some of our favorite moments. We hope this trip recap inspires you to get excited about the world opening up again, and the possibility of new adventures.

Day 1: Orientation and Chimp Sanctuary on Lake Victoria

Headed to the chimp sanctuary island on Lake Victoria

Day 2: Journey to Crater Lakes & Hike

One of our guides Mohammed in front of the Land Cruisers we rode in

We travelled to the Crater Lakes in Queen Elizabeth National Park then hiked down to one of the lakes

Day 3: Latitude Cocoa Farms and Collection Points

Moka guests joined our cacao partner Latitude Cacao and then teamed up with local cacao farmers to harvest pods, then split them open to remove the beans. After harvesting they bring the cacao to collection points to be sold.

Impromptu yoga session with local school children

Impromptu chocolate tasting because it's always a good time to taste chocolate

Day 4: Village Tours

"Banana Man" makes various drinks using bananas

A village of basket-weaving women do a celebratory song and dance

Enjoying the company of local coffee farmer who roasts beans that she grew

Day 5: Chimp Tracking and Safari

Chimp tacking in Kabale Forest National Park

A baby chimp clings to its mother

Chimp tracking completion and safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Winding down with a fireside chat

Day 6: Latitude Fermentation Center and Kazinga Channel Boat Safari

Faraji "turns" cacao beans at Latitude Fermentation Center. This is crucial to the fermentation process.

Farmers unloading and fermenting cacao at Latitude. We even planted cacao trees!

An elephant wades through the water in the Kazinga Channel using its trunk as a snorkel

A baby hippo observes us while sitting next to its mother

Day 7: Coffee Farming Partner Bukonzo Joint Coffee Coop

Jeff stands next to John, Bukonzo Joint Coop's coffee quality expert

Local farmers sort through coffee picking out any flawed beans. The beans are then shipped to us, where we roast them at our roastery.

We do a coffee "cupping" with the Bukonzo Joint Coop team

Day 8: Latitude Chocolate Factory and Craft Market

Latitude Craft Chocolate factory in Kampala City

We got a hands-on chocolate making experience, then ate lunch at Latitude's delicious partner restaurant

Members of the Moka team with the Latitude production team

We did some shopping at the local market in Kampala! Local artists holding up their works of art.

Day 9: White Water Rafting on the Nile River

Rafting on the Nile was quite the experience! Most groups' boats flipped, tossing its passengers overboard - that was part of the fun!

Day 10: Vanilla Farm Visit and Departure Day

Farmers sort and bundle their vanilla. We use this farm's vanilla in our white chocolate bar.

The vanilla farming team got to taste white chocolate made with their vanilla. A full circle experience for them and for us.

Part of the group at the airport getting ready to depart


The trip of a lifetime

Ultimately the trip was an incredible adventure full of coffee, chocolate, education, and fun! We're extremely grateful for the good work that both of our Ugandan farming partners do. We especially want to thank the Latitude team for being such good hosts and making the trip logistics seamless.

By going on this trip, we hope our guests gained a better sense of the importance of a fair and transparent supply chain. Meeting the farmers behind the Ugandan chocolate and coffee that we make was truly a full-circle experience that will always stick with us.

We'll be sharing more photos from this trip soon as well as some exciting video content. Thanks to our very own Faraji Starks for taking such incredible photos and to Prashant Dault for capturing the trip through video. Stay tuned for a deep-dive into our experience at Latitude's farming operations as well as how you can participate in future Origin Adventure trips.

Jeff Steinburg, CEO of Latitude with Jeff Abella, CEO of Moka Origins

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