Region: Kericho County, Kenya
Process Method: Fully washed, dried on raised beds
Tasting Notes: Cranberries, Baked apples
Looking to support women in coffee? Then you will want to taste coffee from the Kabngetuny Cooperative Society, where something very uncommon for Kenya is happening. In 2015, the men in the cooperative agreed that women should own coffee trees. With about 70 trees each, nearly 400 women formed an association within the Kabngetuny cooperative (in the local Kalenjin language, Kabngetuny means a place of Lions). Having their own trees has meant that they could become cooperative members, open bank accounts, and get paid directly for the coffee they delivered to the factory. Each of these women delivers cherries from the trees they own to the cooperative’s factory located in Kericho county where coffee is received, weighed, de-pulped, fermented, washed and soaked for long periods of time before being laid out on raised beds to dry.
Initially, their coffee was used exclusively to create a national brand of roasted coffee called Zawadi, “the gift” in the Swahili language. But many within the cooperative, mostly the men, started to notice that the quality and yields were better than other coffees produced at the factory. These women have been making good investment decisions for their coffee trees and their families using the money they earned from the harvest. And naturally, the coffee they are producing, from one of the most renowned origins in the world, has found a place in the international market.