Kiungu Ab, Kenya - Wood St Coffee

Kiungu Ab, Kenya - Wood St Coffee

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FARM: KATHIMA

REGION: NGINDA, EMBU

PROCESS: Washed

VARIETAL: SL28 & 34

ALTITUDE: 1700-1800 MASL

NOTES: JASMINE, HONEY, APRICOT, GREEN TEA

FROM THE IMPORTER:

The vast majority of the coffee bought and sold in Kenya is traded through the national auction system, where marketing agents enter cooperatives' and estates’ coffee and traders come to bid. The main buyers from this auction system are large multinationals, who then offer the lots to importers and roasters. Unfortunately, this has been the only way to purchase Kenyan coffee for a long time and we’ve become frustrated with the lack of transparency, poor service and price volatility. In the last couple of years we have started buying directly from the auction using a local Kenyan company, who bid on the coffee on our behalf, after we have cupped through auction samples filtered by a local cupper. This was not only a conscious decision to support local, Kenyan businesses, but also to make the supply chain more efficient and save money, in order to pass on those savings to roasters. We hope that these savings help increase the presence of Kenyan coffees on roasters’ menus. This is intended to be the first part of a plan to work on the transparency limitations in Kenya and ultimately the goal is to avoid using the auction system at all, by working directly with farmers’ associations, cooperatives and small estates, and not through a marketing agent.

The Kiungu AB lot is produced by the Kathima factory that is under control of the Thambana Cooperative society. Its a new coffee for us, but we will surely monitor this FCS and their factories in the next coming years. The cooperative is located in Embu, a neighbouring county to Kirinyaga on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

Still we have seen way more great coffees from Embu lately than in the past. Thambana Coop is supported by Tropical farm management, a company that supports smallholders to increase their coffee production as well as help the factories on quality control and tracing skills of processing methods to implement better practices and guarantee consistency throughout the harvest. The factory is also giving out the cherry flesh after pulping for the farmers to make bio-compost to be used as fertiliser.

The coffees are traditionally processed with dry fermentation before washed and graded in channels and dried on raised beds. The farmers are mainly growing SL28 and SL34.

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