La Cabra, Kenya, Githiru

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Roaster La Cabra
Origin Kenya, Nyeri
Farmer

Githiru FCS

Process Washed
Variety SL28
Altittude 2100 m
Notes A fruity & rich coffee. Stewed forest berries balanced by a rich caramel sweetness.
Roasted Filter/Espresso
Weight 0.25 kg

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Description

An intense peaberry selection from the Githiru station, with stewed forest berries balanced by a rich caramel sweetness.

GITHIRU

The Long Miles Project in Kenya

We have been looking forward to this new project from our long term partners at Long Miles for some time. We’ve been working together with the Long Miles team since 2014, and during this time they have made great strides in Burundian coffee; bringing vibrant and varying lots of coffee to roasters and consumers, while also bringing a sense of stability and prosperity to large groups of farmers in rural northern Burundi.

They now aim to create a similarly fair and equitable system in Kenya. Although a much more established and stable coffee origin, there are still several challenges facing producers here. The dominant cooperative structure here leads to a power dynamic in which producers end up into long term agreements with regard to things like payment and fertiliser use. Often these agreements can be mutually beneficial, but we have heard of some instances of questionable practices. For example, as a farmer who can only harvest and therefore sell coffee once per year, it’s often necessary to ask for an advance from the cooperative in order to keep food on the table. These advances are often available, but involve locking in the entirety of the next harvest with the cooperative at a rate far below the market price, as a type of interest. Cooperatives who aim to produce large amounts of high value ‘AA’ lots, consisting of very large beans, push small producers to use a great deal of chemical fertiliser on their farms, often in collaboration with fertiliser companies. This high level of fertiliser usage, while leading to the required large bean size, is a threat to groundwater supplies and a direct threat to producer’s health.

Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg