Muthaite - Kenya - Natural - Espresso
A very special, rare coffee for two reasons: It’s a microlot from Kenya and naturally processed!
Strawberries, hibiscus & orange blossoms
This coffee comes from Kenyacof, a sister company of Sucafina Specialty. It is a marketing agent that has a dry mill and an exporter that serves as a link between smallholders in Kenya and us. Kenyacof owns a dry mill called Kahawa Bora, a hub for smallholders and cooperatives and the amount smallholders can produce in Kenya is less than 50 bags of parchments. Such a small amount of lots were mixed and integrated into the larger lot in the past but Kahawa Bora manages micro lots from a single bag to ensure traceability. This is a beautiful thing as we are now able to access micro lots from a single farmer. Not only this but the farmer is rewarded with a higher price in relation to quality. Before it would be blended with other lots meaning some lower quality lots would be mixed and the hard work of other farmers would not be recgonised.
This farm is called Muthaite.
This coffee is grown in the Kiambu area in Kenya.
This progressive lot cups at 89 points.
These high altitudes of between 1500 - 1600m encourage sweetness in the profile.
This lot comprises of Ruiru11 & SL28 varieties.
This is an experimental lot, Kenya is not typically known for the natural process.
"Kenya is famous for its washed process juicy, intensely fruity profiles. We adore them, however it's very unusual to find a natural from Kenya but we have done just that."
Thanks to Kenyacof & Typica, experimental microlots are now a possibility. We participated in an action for this coffee and by bidding 2,01 euro a KG over the asking price the farmer directly received that additional profit. It is important that we as a coffee company continue to back farmers with experiments.
"coffee production in Kenya has been declining and prices have been rising. Climate change is one of the reasons for it but urbanisation is becoming a serious problem in Kenya."
A Belgian company used to have seven farms in Kiambu province but there are only three farms left. There was a land reform in Zimbabwe to redistribute land owned by whites to blacks in 2000 and they thought that something similar might happen in Kenya, so they started selling off farms.