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.
Even though the likely birthplace of Arabica is just to the north of Kenya, coffee was introduced as a crop. First by French missionaries in 1893, who introduced coffees from Réunion (Bourbon), and then by the British on a larger scale, who mainly used coffees that came from Brazil.
A number of Scott Agricultural Laboratories (Scott Labs) cultivars were introduced to Kenya, with SL28 becoming the cultivar most associated to Kenya.
Many coffee pundits sing the praises of Kenyan coffee. Well known for its good bright berry and fruit like acidity with an accompanying sweetness. In addition, the complexity of their coffees have made them world-renowned.
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.
|US$14.35/kg USD:ZAR on time of payment was 1:18.70
|85.5 (from Trabocca)
|Cost of approx R30/kg.
|Thiriku Coffee Growers Cooperative Society.
|Lot size bought
|1 x 60kg bag (Batch: PBO220193-01).
|This is our first coffee from this co-operative.
A video by the Chairman of the Thiriku co-operative:
or watch video by Thiriku chairman on YouTube