Co-operatives in Kenya have long been a necessity in coffee operations. Coffee production in Kenya started as colonized farming for European countries, but when ownership of land transitioned to people who had been working it, these new found coffee farmers didn’t have the mass capital for huge estate management the way that overseas interest did.
Most farms in Kenya are modest plots of land, and farmers often belong to co-operatives for processing so that they can pool their coffee into larger lots, and also pool their resources into state of the art wet milling equipment.
Kevote is one of three wet mills operated by the Kirurumwe Farmers' Cooperative Society. The factory has been in operation since 1957 when there were only 100 members, and continues to operate now that the co-op has swelled to over 4500 members.
The leadership of the co-operative is democratically elected during annual meetings, and the board helps manage the direction of the co-op with committee members from each mill.
The success of Kevote comes from distinct, consistent farm practices, strong, democratically elected leadership, and the negotiating power of a larger co-operative. With a longstanding commitment to quality, the co-op has been able to grow their production and quality and become a prime example for steady, solid coffee development.
relationship: new, partnered through importer
farm type: co-operative
processing: fully washed,dried on raised beds
region: Makengi, Runyenjes, Embu
variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Elevation: 1400-1600 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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