Kenya

Gondo

AA

Released January 30, 2019

Flavours of grape jelly, cherry, currant
Body     Acidity

The Gondo factory is operated by the New Kiriti Farmers Cooperative Society (F.C.S.), which has 560 members. Coffee is picked and brought to the factory that same day for selection and separation, as sorting happens before depulping begins. The ripe cherry is processed using fresh water from the local Kananahu stream, and the coffee is dried under full sun.

The New Kiriti F.C.S. has an executive committee of seven elected members and three supervisory-committee members who oversee the management committee and reports to the farmers in an annual meeting. The society has a workforce of 19 permanent staff and about 25 seasonal workers.

Working with Technoserve

In 2010, the New Kiriti Farmer’s Cooperative Society started working with Technoserve, a not-for-profit which works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.

They were part of the Technoserve coffee initiative, an eight-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help smallholder coffee farmers in East Africa increase their productivity and incomes.

New Kiriti received training from TechnoServe business advisors on business and financial management, including record-keeping, environmental sustainability, and occupational health and safety practices. “We really didn’t know any of these things. We were very, very far away. But now we are closer,” said Stephen Thuo, secretary manager of New Kiriti.


The cooperative’s health and safety focus, documented on a wall at the wetmill Source: Technoserve

New Kiriti also received training through the Coffee Initiative on labor management to improve worker conditions. Business advisors encouraged management to pay workers according to government minimum wage policies, and today they have exceeded that rate by paying their workers 250 Kenyan shillings a day. In addition, New Kiriti grants each worker 30 days of unpaid leave a year as well as maternity and paternity leave.

When workers exceed their expected hours of work, they receive overtime pay. “We used to have to borrow money to pay salaries from the banks. Now we pay workers on time and we have the money from our own production,” said Stephen.


Esther Kuruga works at New Kiriti recording farm inputs issued to members. She also volunteers as the resident first aider, treating her co-workers’ minor injuries. Source: Technoserve

The training has helped New Kiriti care for its community of workers and farmers, which will help their families. Adhering to socially responsible practices is making the cooperative more successful, ensuring a sustainable and lasting business in the larger community.

Read more about New Kiriti’s work with Technoserve.

Gondo is also listed on coffee transparency

Country

Kenya

Region

Murang'a County

Altitude

1900m above sea level

Varietals

SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian

Process

Washed

Producer

New Kiriti Farmer's Cooperative Society

Harvested

February 2018

Body

Full

Acidity

Bright

Map showing location of Kenya Gondo AA


What makes up Kenya Gondo AA?

Varietals

Batian varietal

Batian is the latest variety to be developed in Kenya, it is named after the peak of Mount Kenya

Ruiru 11 varietal

Released in 1985, Ruiru 11 is a disease resistant varietal developed in Kenya

SL28 varietal

SL28 was developed in 1931 by Scott Laboratories to suit the growing conditions in Kenya. The varietal is known for its exceptional cup quality

SL34 varietal

Developed by Scott Laboratories in Kenya, the SL34 varietal was designed to be high yielding with good cup quality.

The location

Coffee from Kenya

Alongside Ethiopia and Colombia, Kenya is one of the origins we get most excited about at the roastery. It exports some of the most vibrant, bright, and unique coffees in the world.


The Murang’a region of Kenya

East of Nyeri, also with rich volcanic soils and a high percentage of smallholder producers

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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