About Funka 2022
This year’s Funka is grown in the Western Ugandan Mountains where dizzying altitudes, fertile soils and regular rainfall mean coffee grown here matures slowly, developing rich, complex flavours.
Natural coffees are known for their ‘funky’ quality due to the fermentation that comes from leaving the whole fruit of the coffee cherry intact as it dries around the coffee bean, imparting bold fruit flavours and intense sweetness as it dries.
That funky nature comes through in the taste of tart damson jam, softening to sticky sweet candied pecan & bubblegum with milk making a truly epic flat white.
This year is our 11th Funka coffee. Follow the link below to take a look at a history of Funka through the years.
How to brew Funka espresso
Funka is a versatile and delicious coffee which can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
Brewing at home? Try 70g per litre of hot water in a cafetiere, brewed for 4 minutes.
You can enjoy Funka black as an americano or espresso where it had a delicious note of damson, or with milk as a funky flat white where the flavours soften to candied pecans. We found a slightly shorter shot time lets Funka's bright fruit notes really shine. If you're brewing up Funka in a commercial or domestic espresso machine, try 18g coffee to 36g liquid and a shot time of 28 seconds for espresso.
Looking to mix things up a little? Why not try a Funka espresso martini or a Funka affogato with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Meet the coffee growers
For this year's Funka espresso we've returned to the Kisinga washing station in Rwenzori Uganda
The team behind Kisinga Coffee Station want to empower growers to improve their yields, profits and living conditions.
Along with educating growers in how to produce higher-quality coffee through the care of coffee trees, and selective picking, employees at the mill also benefit from health insurance and a pension plan. All this contributes to the community reaching economic sustainability, beyond charitable support.
Meet the roaster
Unkle Funka is roasted on Betty, our 1955 vintage probat roaster. We bought Betty in 2010 and lovingly brought her back to life through a series of restorations.