The closing act to our Peaberry Collective is the Kiamaina Factory. As the largest cooperative in our showcase of the complex and transforming Kenyan coffee supply chain, Kiamaina Factory is also the most traditional.
Typically, Cooperative Societies act as umbrella
Mainly producing fully washed coffee, Kenya is considered by many as the world’s premier quality coffee producer. With 55% of its annual production represented by over seven-hundred-thousand smallholders, our collective has led us from a small cooperative to a direct purchasing project, closing the cycle with a large
So what exactly is it that makes the Kenyan peaberry so unique? Peaberries are naturally occurring anomalies. Instead of growing two beans in a pod, a peaberry is a single, round bean, that when green looks like a pea, hence the name peaberry. Typically, peaberries account for only 5 – 10% of an annual harvest rendering the sorting process time-consuming and complicated, delivering small yields at a higher cost. Kenya is one of the very few countries with systems in place to sort and select peaberries at harvest, throughout the industry, therefore adding to their rich coffee offering.
Built over many months, we thoroughly enjoyed this journey through the landscape of the Kenyan supply chain. Personally, I can’t imagine a sweeter goodbye to our collective than the Kiamaina PB. Fruity, balanced, tea-like and fresh it is the embodiment of what a Kenyan peaberry should be, and a higher note, we could not possibly reach.
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