Mwalimu Ndichu Kibe is a retired teacher who started coffee farming in 1965. His farm, situated in Nairobi, Kiambu County, is around 19 hectares. Mwalimu has his own small wet mill where he can process his coffee, ensuring full traceability back to his farm. Mwalimu’s long-term goal is to improve the quality of his coffee to access markets better and increase his livelihood. With increased returns from higher-quality coffee, he can better support his family.
Driven to gain traceability further and deepen relationships at origin, we pursued a new buying strategy within our Kenya programme in 2022. We are still one of only a handful of roasters worldwide offering single estate Kenya lots this season through our trading partners KenyaCof. The recent establishment of Kahawa Bora Millers has made it possible for KenyaCof to highlight single estates by making it possible to mill smaller lots. Lot separation maintains traceability & is pivotal to the producer/roaster relationship, closing the feedback loop and offering brand identity to the farmer. With help from Kahawa Bora, producers have access to training about improved pruning, cultivation and harvesting methods. Field staff perform soil analysis which helps improve yields and quality while reducing cost and environmental impact. This focus on high quality at all stages has increased cup scores quickly, resulting in better returns for the producers involved. We’re happy to be part of this supply chain and it’s been fantastic to feature two Ndiwa Estate coffees this year.
- ORIGIN Nairobi, Kiambu, Kenya
- PRODUCER Mwalimu Ndichu Kibe
- HISTORY Second year of purchasing
- VARIETIES SL-28, SL-34, Riuru 11
- PROCESS Fully Washed
- HARVEST November to January
- QUALITY SCORE 88.50
- ALTITUDE 1700 masl
- LOT SIZE 60 kgs
- PARTNERS KenyaCof