Seen this? - Our new Kenya Kambiri from Nandi hills
One of our main green coffee merchants, 32Cup in Antwerp has started a a very interesting direct sourcing program in Kenya in 2016. As from 2017, they have expanded the number of direct sourcing projects they set up with their partners in origin. One of these projects comes from one single producer and farm: Kambiri in the Nandi hills, located in Nandi county.
Here's what 32Cup say about their direct sourcing program:
"The idea behind these projects is to cut out as much steps as possible in between production at farm level and export to consuming countries. These direct projects are set up to have most revenue going back to the producers. In the normal system in Kenya, a producer is part of a cooperative society which has different processing factories. He or she delivers the coffee at the factory where the marketing agents collect it to market it in the national coffee auction. In this auction, exporters can buy the coffee by bidding. Only when the coffee is sold in the auction, the money goes back to the cooperative. The producer receives payment for his coffee at this point. He then has to pay processing fees to the cooperative and marketing fees to the marketing agent.
In the 32Cup direct trade program, theses steps are all cut out. The returns to the producer are a lot higher since he doesn't have to pay processing and marketing fees. He processes all the coffee himself, so the value of the dried parchment coffee he sells is higher than of the cherry he delivers at the cooperative.
Since all the coffee from Kenya has to go through a recognized exporter, 32Cup has partnered up with Kenyacof, who provides in-country support. Kenyacof's agronomist Whycleff works with the farmers on a daily basis. He trains them in Good Agricultural practices, farm maintenance and coffee processing. Kenyacof also takes care of all the in-country logistics and prepares the coffee for export at their dry mill."
The coffee from Kambiri Estate has a story worth telling and we instantly fell in love when we heard it for the first time from Måns of 32Cup at Amsterdam Coffee Festival earlier this year. As this is a true women's coffee by origin, he thought we, as a roastery run by two women, should continue this line.
"The owner of Kambiri Estate is a woman, Decimah Mwayi. Her factory and quality manager is a women too, Doris. Doris's husband manages the plantation itself: he cares about the weed control, pruning, spraying and so on. Since Decimah's husband died, these three people are running the small Kambiri Estate together. In total, Kambiri Estate is located at an altitude of 1700 masl and has around 2 hectares where they cultivate and process all the coffee themselves.
Decimah's parents were also coffee producers. When she finished her studies, she found a job in Nairobi. But after a while, she returned to her hometown to invest in coffee production herself. In 2005, she bought 2 hectares of land. Before her father died, he planted 5000 seedlings on her new farm to give her a head start in coffee. His only request was that she wouldn't uproot the coffee before he died. Naturally, she fell in love with coffee production right from the start and never changed the crop on the farm.
When her husband died not so long ago, Decimah pushed on even harder with the belief that coffee has great potential as a source of income. She got in touch with Kenyacof and quickly she got integrated into the direct sourcing program. With all the extra proceeds coming back directly to the small estate, Kambiri and its team are doing better than ever.
32Cup has bought all the coffee of the 2016/2017 harvest season from Kambiri estate, a total of 56 bags, 8 bags of AA and the rest in AB."
It was an absolute no-brainer for us to buy the whole lot of this harvest's Kambiri AA and we are extremely enthusiastic about this coffee and are looking forward to establish a longterm relationship with its producer.