This lot is cultivated on several small estates in Komothai, Kiambu. The estate owners are working together in a growers groups called “NgewaKomothai Farmers.” The group consists of around 30 smallholder farmers who process their own harvests and whose lots are then blended together as dried parchment at Kahawa Bora Millers in Thika, Kenya. This practice of blending lots from small estates was an invention of our partners, Sucafina Kenya (Kenyacof/Kahawa Bora). Especially before the purchase of Kahawa Bora, their dry mill that’s equipped to dry mill microlots, many quality-focused small estate owners did not produce enough parchment to meet minimum size requirements at dry mills. This frequently meant that small estate owners ended up selling their parchment to agents who blended their coffee with many other lots and where they often lost traceability. To help small estate owners reach minimums, maintain traceability and ensure that blended lots uphold the quality of each contribution, Sucafina Kenya helped facilitate grower groups that could connect small estate owners with others who were nearby and maintained similar quality standards and profiles.
These grower groups are more fluid than cooperatives. While the exact number of growers involved often changes from year to year, the principle remains the same. Grower groups help facilitate small estate owners’ access to more traceable dry milling and marketing solutions and frequently mean better quality and higher prices for their coffees.
Kiambu is right outside Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi nut is nonetheless known for agriculture – specifically coffee and tea. Located at the foothills of the Gatamaiyo Forest Reserve, the area is also known for its tea growers, and is also home of the Kenyan Coffee Research Foundation. Kiambu County and the Ngewa-Komothai area is also well known for its dairy production, and is the largest dairy producing county in Kenya. Many of the growers are adhering to organic fertilizing practices, using only cow manure instead of agrochemicals on their coffee trees. Farmers deliver their dry parchment to the Kahawa Bora Millers dry mill in Thika, Kenya. Here, the mill will do a first quality analysis to determine quality. The dry mill process cleans and sorts the parchment, hulls and finally separates the lots into the different screen sizes.Kenyan coffees are classified by size. AA beans are the largest size. AA grade coffees are those that are 17/18.5 screen size, meaning that they are larger than 7.2 millimeters.
Tasting profile: Sour Cherry, Blackcurrant, Dark Chocolate, Honeycomb