The Kenyan Thiriku coffee beans were sourced in partnership with Rosetta via Trabocca.


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.

Kenyan Coffee

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.

Thiriku Cooperative

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.

Nyeri County, Kenya.
Around 1,000 farmers with an average farm size of 0.4 hectares.
100% Arabica SL28 and Batian.
1,880 – 1,970 masl.
Full washed, cleaned, sun dried on raised African beds.
GrainPro in Hessian
Good complexity, black berries, caramelised molasses and a hint of apricot on the finish.
Roast used:
Gentle soak to TP, and acceleration into browning and then into first, where the roast is slowed to extract berry flavours.
Roast degree:
Light – using

Starting Brews

Brew Method Ratio Brew Method Ratio
Espresso 1:2.25 AeroPress 16.5g:200g
Plunger 48g:800g Pour over/filter 18g:300g

Transparency Information

Sourced from Trabocca
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:


  • Trabocca website info – here…
  • James Hoffman’s book, The world atlas of coffee.
  • Rebuild info page here…

Coffee category

2. Medium bodied


fruit, sweet

Coffee region



4 ★ African




Kenya, Quaffee




1kg Packet, 250g Box, 275g bag, 500g Packet, 750g Packet


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