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Revised Opening Hours!

You spoke and we listened! It's been great seeing so many of you again these past few weeks, and one of the things that we've been hearing a lot is that you want us to extend our opening hours. So, we're doing exactly that!  From Sunday 7th June, we will open from 10.30am - 3.00pm and we will be open every Sunday thereafter. Then, from Monday 8th June, our new opening hours will be 9.30am - 4.00pm. Therefore, our opening hours for the foreseeable future will be as follows: Mon - Sat - 9.30 - 4.00 Sun - 10.30 - 3.00 We hope these adjustments allow even more of you to come and see us! Don't forget that we are...

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A new kitchen during lockdown in Uganda!

We thought that we'd bring you some good news from The Zuri Project. In spite of being locked down by COVID-19, the team in Uganda managed to build a new kitchen at Kishunju Nursery & Primary School. Read on to hear more about it! Just before the nationally enforced lock down due to COVID-19 began, our team in Uganda were busy constructing a new kitchen block at Kishunju Nursery and Primary School. Back at the beginning of March, we held a meeting at Kishunju with the board members of the school, the teaching staff and members of the PTA to listen to their concerns and to learn about their priorities for the school going forward. The meeting was fruitful and...

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Locked down in Uganda

I've seen reports on various media sources about UK nationals being 'stranded' in various locations across the world, including Uganda.  Although I may be categorised in that bracket, I certainly wouldn't say I'm stranded! Uganda is a beautiful place at the best of times and during this lockdown, the peace and tranquility of the Ugandan countryside has been grounding.  It seems that COVID-19 has effected almost every country on earth and Uganda is no exception. Although there are comparatively few cases here when compared to the US, UK and other parts of Europe, the lockdown measures imposed by the government have been strict and long. Being forced to stay at home (for the majority of the time) hasn't been all...

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BORA HQ is reopen for business!

Oh yes! We're delighted to announce that as of today, Monday 18th May, Bora Coffee Co in Shirley is back open for business. However, due to the government regulations and to ensure the safety of our staff and customers, we have a few house rules in place, that we would like to share with you below: - We are open for takeaway coffee and cake only. - Our new opening hours are Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 3.00pm and Sunday 10.00am - 2.00pm - We have put extra measures in place to keep everyone safe which means unfortunately all tables and our toilets are out of action for customers - Five customers will be able to queue safely inside the...

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COVID-19 and the coffee sector in Uganda. What's happening?

Many people in Uganda are really feeling the pinch when it comes to COVID-19. Specifically, many coffee farmers are struggling economically and will do once life returns to some kind of 'normality.' When I mention coffee growers, I'm not referring to large coffee farms or co-operatives, I mean ordinary people that grow coffee on their land and sell it to support their families. In Kanungu district where I'm currently staying, many people in the lowlands grow Robusta, whereas those in the highlands focus on Arabica. Coffee is also grown in many other parts of Uganda and is widely exported to neighbouring Kenya for auction. Coffee in Uganda is regulared by the Ugandan Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), an organisation that has...

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