Kenyan coffee is recognized in the world market for its quality. It is also an important crop for the country’s economy, which generates significant revenues for export and for small planters, and account for more than 50% of national production. Muranga County is an important area for coffee production in Kenya, with rich volcanic soils and a favourable climate in the Aberdares range. More than 100,000 small-scale farmers are involved in coffee production and are members of more than thirty cooperatives, grouped within the Muranga Cooperative Union of Farmers. The cooperative is an important mechanism for supporting farmers and strengthening agricultural production. The coffee sector in Kenya has experienced some events that have led to a significant decline in coffee production over the past two decades. These factors include increased cost of production, limited access to inputs and fluctuating world coffee prices. Small-scale planters are particularly vulnerable to such developments that negatively impact the quantity and quality of coffee produced. The country’s export earnings are also affected.
This is a coffee we bought at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. Last year Caffenation voted the Weithaga lots to one of the beste of the year. Every year they tend to buy a mixture of AA, AB and PB lots. Mainly the last screen size is the hardest to buy, surely when the crop is a bit lower and most of the Peaberry lots to small to reach the auction. We like these PB’s a lot for its ‘explosive’ taste and bigger body. Also they have the reputation of conserving better than the AB or AA beans. In Rwanda it happens that the -14 screen sizes are catalogued as PB although it’s strictly seen just ‘small beans’. In this Weithaga PB you find peaberry beans in all sizes.