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The vast majority of the coffee bought and sold in Kenya is traded through the national auction system, where marketing agents enter cooperatives' and estates’ coffee and traders come to bid. The main buyers from this auction system are large multinationals, who then offer the lots to importers and roasters. Unfortunately, this has been the only way to purchase Kenyan coffee for a long time and we’ve become frustrated with the lack of transparency, poor service and price volatility. In the last couple of years we have started buying directly from the auction using a local Kenyan company, who bid on the coffee on our behalf, after we have cupped through auction samples filtered by a local cupper. This was not only a conscious decision to support local, Kenyan businesses, but also to make the supply chain more efficient and save money, in order to pass on those savings to roasters. We hope that these savings help increase the presence of Kenyan coffees on roasters’ menus. This is intended to be the first part of a plan to work on the transparency limitations in Kenya and ultimately the goal is to avoid using the auction system at all, by working directly with farmers’ associations, cooperatives and small estates, and not through a marketing agent. The Kiungu AB lot is produced by the Kathima factory that is under control of the Thambana Cooperative society. Its a new coffee for us, but we will surely monitor this FCS and their factories in the next coming years. The cooperative is located in Embu, a neighbouring county to Kirinyaga on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
Today, Nicolau runs his farms with the help of his daughter, Yuki, who has taken a great interest in specialty coffee production and who’s help has been instrumental in helping get the other family business, Aequitas Coffee Exporters, off the ground (see further down). His son, Walter, and other daughter are also intrinsically involved in the farms’ activities. Fazenda Ipe is planted under Yellow Catuaí and Red Catuaí. The family has also recently established plantations of Yellow Catucaí. Renovation is completed on a regular schedule or, specifically, when a coffee plot experiences significantly decreased productivity. The most common pruning method is an apical section in the top part of the trees after harvest season
Jose Espinoza Carhuajulca
Jose Espinoza Carhuajulca owns 2ha of land in Alto Pirias, Chirinos. The farm is planted with caturra, castillo and catuai and sits at an altitude of 1800masl. Jose has only started producing natural coffees in 2020 and changed from washed processing due to the increased cup quality potential that natural processing offers with the varieties he grows. Jose and his family pick the coffee with the help of seasonal workers. Once picked coffee is placed on raised beds to dry for 25 to 35 days, depending on the weather conditions.
This coffee was produced by 52 smallholder coffee producers hailing from the neighbouring sub-municipalities of Pedregal and San Antonio. Every single microlot delivered was cupped and reserved due to its scoring 85 points or above by the community cupping lab, funded by Mercanta Exporting Partners, Pergamino, who are based in the Department of Antioquia. These stringent standards result in very limited quantities of this exceptional blend of 70%+ Caturra and approx 30% Variedad Colombia being made available for export.Like all producers in Colombia, Pergamino spent many years helplessly riding the roller coaster of international coffee prices. They had to invest, year after year, in their crops without knowing what price they would secure. As the saying goes in Colombia, there were years of lean cows and years of fat cows – the former being more common than the latter. They often sold their coffee to large exporters, never understanding its unique sensory coffees, nor in whose hands it ended up for what price. When they began selling their coffee directly to importers and roasters, everything changed. When they extended the model to small holder farmers in Antioquia, they also changed everything for them.
This exceptional lot was processed, dry milled and exported by our good friends at Testi Coffee, a family-run business owned and managed by the Yonis family, who are making a name for themselves on the Ethiopian Specialty Coffee scene. For many years (see below on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange - ECX), Mercanta was unable to secure good traceability information on many of our Ethiopian lots. As of 2017, all this changed, and we are very happy to highlight the great work that these valued partners are doing at origin. Today, Testi owns and/or operates several washing stations in Guji, Yirgacheffe, Sidamo and Limu. Each lot is named after one of the washing station collection points. Testi’s Guji washing station, where this lot was processed, produces both fully washed and sun-dried natural specialty coffees. Smallholder farmers deliver either directly to the washing station or to various collection points near their homes. To be accepted, the delivered cherry must be selectively hand-harvested, with few to any underripe, overripe or damaged cherries. Cherry is then delivered to the washing station, where it is processed. Natural lots, such as this one, are first floated in cool clean water to remove low-density floaters, before being delivered to the ‘skin’ drying (pre-drying) tables under shade for around 3-5 hours. The parchment will then be moved to the normal drying tables, where it will be regularly sorted, raked and covered during the hottest part of the day for around 15-18 days depending on the weather. Once dried, the coffee is milled and rested, ready for export.
Saint Roastery x The Mono Jacks
Caffè Sospeso este o poveste frumoasă care a luat naștere la Napoli acum aproape 100 de ani - un gest anonim de bunătate și solidaritate prin care plătești în avans o cafea pentru altcineva care nu își permite sau ai grijă să faci o faptă bună într-o dimineață în care te simți norocos. Ideea colaborării noastre s-a născut - cum altfel? - la o cafea băută într-o zi la cei de la Saint Roastery. Ceașcă după ceașcă, am început să ne gândim - "parcă asta e o lume din care am vrea să fim cumva parte, dacă putem, așa cum putem". Ne-am împrietenit cu oamenii de aici, am devenit de-ai casei, am povestit în nenumărate rânduri despre concerte, comunitate și cafea. Iar una dintre aceste povești o puteți lua și voi acum acasă - Caffè sospeso by Saint Roastery x The Mono Jacks, un blend de 50% Bolivia și 50% Costa Rica de luat acasă și savurat.
|Varietal:||Red & Yellow Cattura|
|Notes:||Cherry & Chocolate notes with red berries acidity|
|Region:||West Valley, Costa Rica|
|Farmer:||Las Lomas - El Perezoso|
|Altitude:||1700 - 2000 m|
|Varietal:||Mixed / mostly Caturra|
|Notes:||Cherry, pear with lemon acidity and cacao finish.|
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