TASTES LIKE Currant, Grape & LemonPROFILE Delicate & Sweet
A stellar coffee last year, this is our second purchase of Kainamui. A beautiful farm (with plenty of mango trees, as seen overleaf) it lies on the southern slopes of Mt. Kenya. The Kainamui Coffee Factory set up their cooperative in 1963. Here they wet mill the coffee cherry grown by the 2000 smallholder farmer cooperative members (approx. 1200 men & 800 women), before sending it to be dry milled.
ORIGIN Ngariama, Gichugu, Kirinyaga County, Kenya
PRODUCER Kainamui Coffee Factory
VARIETIES Ruiru 11,SL 28, Batian
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 Kainamui Coffee Factory would have received if they hadn’t sold to Seven Seeds.