Most romanticized coffee sourcing stories start with a truck, a general sense of adventure, and tracking down amazing coffee quality through the wild forests. In reality, coffee trading is mostly managed with phone calls, chat apps, and email: communication is key, and great coffee doesn’t just happen by accident.
It was no accident that our sourcing partners at Shared Source had gone out looking for James’ farm. After tasting his coffee through samples that had been collected by their export partner, the Shared Source team was blown away by the quality available and new they wanted to try and establish a direct relationship with James. After wandering through town trying to find the exact location of his farm, a friend of his pointed everyone in the right direction.
What makes Fram Estate unique is right in the name — most coffee farmers manage small garden farms in their back yards, but James tends to over 8,000 trees across six smallholdings. He took over managing the land from his uncle, processing his coffee at the family’s own wet-mill which is located on site. Their de-pulping equipment and concrete washing tanks have been around since his grandmother’s time, and their drying beds were recently adjusted to have a slight pitch in the middle to keep them from sagging under the weight of the coffee.
With advice from an agricultural engineer who helped show him new pruning techniques, James feels excited about limiting his chemical fertilizer needs for next year, and is excited to plan for a harvest directly partnered with a coffee buyer for the first time.
Relationship: New, partnered through importer
Farm type: Smallholder estate
Processing: Disc depulper, washed, dried on raised beds
Region: Gathiruini, Kiambu
Variety: SL-28, SL-34
Elevation: 1920 masl
12 oz / 340 g. Whole bean.
Orders placed by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday will roast and ship the next day. Thank you!
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