Kenya Rift Valley Kabngetuny Women’s Coffee
Our Kenya Rift Valley Kabngetuny Women’s Coffee AA is sourced through the Kabngetuny Cooperative Society located in Kericho County, Kenya.
From our awesome importer:
“The Kabngetuny Farmers’ Cooperative Society was first established in 1985, and to this day has only one processing site. Kabngetuny is located in the Kipkelion district of Kericho county surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Nandi hills and Mau Natural Reserve, at the admirable elevation of 2000 meters, higher than many central Kenya organizations are found. The society has over 900 members, 371 of which are women..”
“…You will want to taste coffee from the Kabngetuny Cooperative Society where something very uncommon for Kenya is happening. In 2015, the men in the cooperative agreed that women should own coffee trees. With about 70 trees each, nearly 400 women formed an association within the Kabngetuny cooperative. Having their own trees has meant that they could become cooperative members, open bank accounts, and get paid directly for the coffee they delivered to the factory. Each of these women deliver cherries from the trees they own to the cooperative’s factory where coffee is received, weighed, depulped, fermented, washed, and soaked for long periods of time before being laid out on raised beds to dry. Pretty common processing practices for most Kenyan coffee cooperatives.
At first, their coffee was used exclusively to create a national brand of roasted coffee called Zawadi, ‘the gift’ in the Swahili language. But many within the cooperative started to notice that the quality and yields were better than other coffees produced at the factory. These women have been making good investment decisions for their coffee trees and their families using the money they earned from the harvest. Naturally, the coffee they are producing, from one of the most renowned origins in the world, has found a place in the international market. It should be no surprise that these women have much more to do for themselves and their planet. They have succeeded in other initiatives like converting their kitchen stoves from wood to biogas fuel, good for the environment and dramatically reduced time required for collecting firewood. They are also using the same biogas technology to diversify their income beyond coffee with a maize mill project.”
Vibrant aroma with notes of orange, cherry, strawberry, and subtle pastry and baking spices. Juicy, heavy body in the cup with nuances of orange, grapefruit, cherry, and hints of cocoa and spiced pound cake. Bright and full!