Flavour profile: Blood orange, toffee apple & floral
Category: Fruity & Juicy
KENYAN AUCTION SYSTEM
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 Falcon have started buying directly from the auction using a local Kenyan company, who bid on the coffee on their behalf, after Falcon 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. Falcon hope that these savings help increase the presence of Kenyan coffees on roasters’ menus and therefore their accessibility to customers. 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 Kagumoini factory is situated in Muranga County and operates under the management of the Kamacharia Farmers Cooperative Society. The cooperative was established in 1993 following the merger of two previous cooperatives in the region. Currently, the washing station serves a community of 1,384 active members who bring their coffee cherries from small farms to the wetmill for processing.
The coffee from Kagumoini Washing Station undergoes a fully washed processing method, which involves the complete removal of the outer skin and pulp during the washing and depulping stages. After the cherries are pulped, they are placed in tanks for fermentation overnight. Subsequently, the coffee undergoes another soaking process before being carefully dried on raised beds.
The lot comprises various notable varietals, including SL28, Ruiru 11, and a small portion of Batian. These varietals are recognised for their resilience against drought and diseases. The coffee plants thrive in deep, well-drained red volcanic soil, creating an optimal growing environment at an elevation of approximately 1750 meters above sea level.
Through the combined efforts of the Kamacharia Farmers Cooperative Society and the Kagumoini Washing Station, this coffee lot represents the dedication to quality and the unique characteristics of the region's soil and varietals.