TASTES LIKE Dates, Blackberry Jam & PanelaPROFILE Deep & Syrupy
Maywal (also known as Maakiou) is a coffee estate located in Kiambu Country, only 15km from Nairobi. The estate was originally established by a Greek couple during the precolonial period & changed hands in 1974 when it was acquired by its current owners. The drought resistant variety, SL28, was developed in the 1930s for Kenyan conditions, and is highly sort after for its striking blackcurrant flavours which are inherit in many Kenyan Coffees.
ORIGIN Kiambu County, Central Provence, Kenya
PRODUCER Maakiou Estate
VARIETIES SL-28, Batian, Ruiru 11
PROCESS Fully Washed
PARTNERS Dormans & Condesa
Buying Coffee in Kenya, The Auction
The Auction system dominates coffee buying in Kenya. Since 1934, the Nairobi Coffee Exchange has operated the trading of coffee, with a government mandate to seek greatest value and sustainability of the industry. Small & large coffee producers alike are able to sell their best coffees side-by-side. Cooperatives like Gathaithi employee an agent to sell their coffee at the auction, in this case, CMS. Seven Seeds engages C. Dorman, a coffee exporter, to purchase on our behalf, after receiving samples.
PARTNERS Auction Agent & Exporter: C. Dormans, Nairobi. Importer & transport to Melbourne: Condesa Co.Lab
ROASTING IS SUBJECTIVE, BUT TRANSPARENCY IS CLEAR
We believe in the future of coffee. We’re calling on the industry to pay sustainable prices, so coffee farmers don’t need to turn to other crops to survive. We’ve listed the FOB (Freight on Board) price we paid to the exporter & the price paid at Auction. We weren’t able to establish the Farmgate price before release. On top of FOB, this coffee was shipped to Melbourne, quality assessments completed, roasted (resulting in a 15% weight loss), & retailed, adding significant costs. You can read more about the way we source coffee via our website.
Compare the different trading models to see what Maakiou Estate would have received if they hadn’t sold to Seven Seeds.