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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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Re-opening our doors

We were absolutely delighted to re-open our doors on Monday and to see so many of our wonderful customers again after what seemed like an eternity! Although business has continued via our online store, we'd be lying if we said we haven't missed our face-to-face interactions with you guys. It's one of the main reasons we wanted to open a coffee shop in the first place and this time apart has made us realise just how much we enjoy serving you! As you can see from the photo of this post, Lara certainly seemed to enjoy being back at work! Although we're operating from a limited menu and can only offer takeaway for now, we're hopeful that in the coming...

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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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Arabica v Robusta

Are we really getting into this? We are indeed! We think it's an important topic and we think that robusta coffee has a lot more to it than some of us may think. As a preamble to this blog post, I want to refer you to a short interview I did with Joshua Rukundu, a coffee expert in Kanungu district in Uganda, as he explores some of the differences between robusta and arabica. I want to keep this post concise, so I'm going to outline what I believe the three main differences between arabica and robusta coffee. There are more and feel free to continue your research further, this is by no means an exhaustive list. 1. Taste I'm starting...

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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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