Kenya is a geographically diverse country. In the East there is a coastline of 536 km. Of course, this coastline is along the Indian Ocean. And then roughly in the middle is Mount Kenya, which is almost 5200 masl, the highest altitude in the country.
To the North is Ethiopia and South Sudan, considered the birthplace of Arabica. Two of Africa large lakes are shared with Kenya; Lake Turkana and the famous Lake Victoria.
The country has a long history associated to homosapiens. Most probably the first of them settling in the country around the 3rd millennium BCE.
For years, coffee farmers in Kenya struggled. Productivity dwindled, leaving them impoverished. At Thiriku Coffee Cooperative, abandoned beds attest to the past. Poor payment, corruption, and declining productivity plagued the industry. But Thiriku farmers now receive SH100 per kilo of cherry delivered, a significant increase from the past. This change came after Trabocca partnered with Thiriku in a direct sale agreement. Trabocca buys directly from the farmers, cutting out bureaucracy and freeing them from middlemen’s exploitation. Trabocca aims to develop high-quality, traceable coffee for roasters worldwide. Their partnership with Thiriku marks a new chapter for these coffee farmers, promoting agronomic assistance and fair prices to uplift all farmers in the area.
Kenyan Thiriku details
A 2021/22 crop AB size graded coffee. Our coffee is from batch PBO220193-01.
|FOB price||US$14.35/kg USD:ZAR on time of payment was 1:18.70|
|Cupping score||85.5 (from Trabocca)|
|Logistics||Cost of approx R30/kg.|
|Producer||Thiriku Coffee Growers Cooperative Society.|
|Lot size bought||1 x 60kg bag (Batch: PBO220193-01).|
|Relationship||This is our first coffee from this co-operative.|
A video by the Chairman of the Thiriku co-operative: