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Single Origin

Giakanja Lot 20 - Kenya

Nyeri County, Kenya

Producer (Group): Giakanja Coffee Farmers Society
Traceable To: 1,870 Members
Altitude: 1,705 - 1,800 MASL
Variety: SL 34, SL 28 (90%), Batian, Ruiru 11
Whole Bean Coffee
Giakanja Lot 20 - Kenya

Tasting Notes

Ruby Grapefruit, Lychee, White Tea





Giakanja Coffee Farmers Society - Traceable To: 1,870 Members

Giakanja sits on the highlands of Nyeri County, fully 6,000 ft. above sea level, lifted by the Aberdare range to the West. It's about 5 hours north of Nairobi and might be the most infamous of Kenya's central provinces. Cups here are known for stewy, sticky tomato paste and currant profiles with effervescence and candy sweetness. Giakanja has long been contributing to that reputation. The factory was erected in 1968, only five years after independence, and as is typical of Kenyan factories in this part of the country. Giakanja spun out from the larger Tetu Union in 2000, after fifty years of petitioning for independence. In 2010 they received training and support from Technoserve, setting them up for success, and we are happy to help them get the recognition they deserve. Their membership is currently just under 1,200 strong (from 86 years old to 18). From Crop to Cup: "More than the scale, elevation or vistas that all deserve a second glance, what stands out in Giankanja after days and days of meeting with other cooperatives, is the management. John, the W.S. manager, shows us the factory, and has a considered response to greet all our inquiries. He's doing a 72hr ferment and a 21 day dry - covering his parchment at full sun. Sounds pretty on the nose. We see fresh paint on all the surfaces that coffee would touch in the processing and as we pass by the cherry receiving area we see farmers hand-sorting cherry. Signs of sophisticated processing, good management and motivated members are everywhere. As we sit in the office we see a map that shows the entire catch basin - where the 1,200 members are all traveling from to deliver cherry. Peter can show us cherry receipts in a log, and Giakanja is paying significantly more than other coops we visited in the area. In 2018 they boasted the highest premiums of any group in the central highlands. There are public charts that track sale prices of their crops, and payments back to farmers. Good records means transparency for farmers, and transparency for farmers engenders trust for the membership - but also for us. They keep 12% of the parchment price for the coop - where we often see that number closer to 20%. Peter the Chairman, has been consistently at the helm and communicates confidently and in a timely manner. We've been working with Giakanja now for 4 years, and have contracted before the harvest in 2018 - a rather unusual play in Kenya but one that allows them to pursue higher qualities with more confidence of a buyer - and solidifies our access to their absolute best.”