Paciugo Coffee founder, Ugo Ginatta’s love affair with caffè began over 40 years ago. He owned and worked an African coffee plantation on the high plains of Thika, on the edge of the 17,000 foot Mt. Kenya. Most mornings were spent with a fresh cup of caffè in hand, watching the sunrise over rows of Arabica Bourbon Coffee trees. Caffè has been Ugo’s passion for nearly half a century. He offers up his hand selected blends and roasts that are perfect enough to be Paciugo.
Ugo and his pet monkey, Njoroge, having coffee. Kenya, 1964.
To preserve the best flavors, the coffee beans are washed and peeled immediately after harvest.
Ugo greets Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president, and the president's medicine man from the Kikuyu tribe.
The washed and peeled coffee beans dry in the equatorial sun.
Patrick Karanu Githaka, Ugo's foreman at the coffee farm, inspects the peeling process.
Ugo and Patrick place hay at the base of the coffee trees to conserve moisture.