Back on our menu, more juicy than ever, this stunning peaberry lot from James Kariuki is not to be missed!
James is a rare man in the context of Kenyan coffee. For a start, he’s an agricultural entrepreneur, not a subsistence farmer or a big Estate owner. He’s also young and very adaptive to the requirements of the buyer, seeking to process cleanly, store parchment well, and separate lots.
This has all come about because James has cleverly arranged to lease and manage a bunch of small farms (shambas) whose aging owners no longer have the interest in doing so. This enables him not only the opportunity to employ good agricultural practices but – importantly – gives him the critical volume that allows him to get his coffee milled and represented by the marketing agent for export as a differentiated lot. He brings all the cherry down to his family compound where they’re processed and the parchment is dried. Our lot was built only from shambas possessing traditional cultivars SL28 and 34.
James has had great success with this approach. In 2017, his coffee won the “Taste of Harvest” competition and his coffee has subsequently gained a wider audience and is in higher demand. We feel fortunate to have been able to secure what we did of James’ coffee.
We were super happy to see James’s new wet milling and drying beds around his house when we visited in January. (This was particularly relevant as last year he had a very rudimentary arrangement and in 2017 his coffee was processed with his uncles.)
After keeping closely in contact with James and assessing parchment samples gained directly from him, we followed this lot carefully through the commercialisation process and purchased it at Auction.
We were the highest bidder at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange auction for this special lot from James, during March 2019. James is calculated to have received USD $3.80 per pound of finished green coffee from this purchase.
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