Several Small Farmers
SL 28 & SL 34
Nov 2018 - Jan 2019
ROAST PROFILE BY
THE STORY BEHIND
Most 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 participating in 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 the consequent lack of transparency, poor service and price volatility have been frustrating. However, there are some positive changes, whereby small importers start buying directly from auctions. Buying directly from auctions not only helps support local, Kenyan businesses, but also makes the supply chain more efficient. These changes are the first steps to avoiding the reliance on the auction system as such, working directly with farmers’ associations, cooperatives and small estates.
This particular lot is a AB out-turn from the Muchagara washing station.
Muchagara washing station is part of the Baragwi Cooperative Society, located near Muchagara, a town in Kirinyaga District. Founded in 1959, Muchagara is one of the oldest washing stations in Kenya and now has over 1000 members who deliver cherry to the wet mill. Most farmers have between 200 and 500 trees. Cherries that are brought to the wet mill are pulped and fermented the same day and, after 36 to 48 hours of fermentation, the coffee is moved to soaking tanks. Once the coffee has been soaked it’s moved to the drying beds where it dries for 10 to 15 days.