Thank you for buying our KENYA beans, roasted for espresso.
Below you'll find some information about the beans, where they came from and how best to brew them.
How to brew these beans
This is the second Kenyan coffee that I've roasted, but it's the first one that I roasted for a filter brew. The first one was a nice vibrant, juicy espresso, this one is also a very juicy filter with a nice acidity to it.
The light roast profile maintains and enhances those innate flavours and characteristics. Try to brew this coffee with any filter method that uses filter paper, in particular pour overs. A good technique will bring up the best of these beans, reflective of a proper of Kenyan coffee, with great varieties like SL28, SL34 for instance.
About the farm
The Kabngetuny farmer co-operative started back in 2015 to empower women coffee farmers in the Kapkiyai Cooperative to earn a their own income. Female farmers in Kenya make up 70 - 80% of the labour needed to plant, grow and harvest coffee, and yes, rarely do they own land or coffee bushes.
The cooperative is located in Kericho County in the Rift Valley at an altitude of 2,000m above sea level, surrounded by the Nandi Hills and the Mau Forest, the largest indigenous forest in East Africa.
Fairtrade Africa recognize Kabng’etuny as one of the first cooperatives to incorporate gender mainstreaming within its operations. The support for the movement initially was met with heavy opposition culturally by farmers who refused to give up land and coffee bushes, until the husbands of the women stepped in to directly support and get behind the movement. They transferred full ownership of land and coffee bushes exclusively to their wives to produce and be completely in charge of their own coffee productions and harvest. This was the opportunity and spark the industry needed.
Kenya produces more coffee than any other country in Africa. It accounts for around 20% of its export. Coffee is grown in the central and western parts of the country, between October and December. Its combination of unique soil, climate and altitude gives it great conditions for growing coffee, producing beans with bright flavours and wine-like acidity.
Kenya is a big tea-growing country too, and most of the tea that it exports goes to Britain.
Some non-related coffee facts about Kenya are;
It has 50 national parks and reserves, there are over 60 languages spoken in Kenya, and it’s the world’s leading destination for safaris. The first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize (in 2004) was from Kenya. Wangari Muta Maathai was a Kenya environmental, social and political activists, who won the prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.