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The slopes of eight

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THE STORY

Life is bright and creamy. Is a joyful swing between elderflower and grapefruit. Because those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not listen to the music.

THE PRODUCER

“The slopes of eight” project groups eight farmers on neighboring hills in Kirinyaga county. The cherries from these eight farmers were processed at the facilities on their own land instead of at a central wet mill, where normally all production from various farmers is processed together. Also at the dry mill, the lots were kept separate.
This collaboration in Kenya gives more power and control to the producers. In this structure, more money flows back directly to them.

Stephen Munene, Charles Mwenje, Benson Mitano, Joseph Kabara, Anthony Njiraini, Harry Gachoki, Jane Muthike and the Gichangi brothers own the eight independent estates which are part of the slopes of eight. The idea of being part of a group of farmers is slightly different from participating in a big cooperative society – where the number of farmers combining their coffees is much smaller while the focus and control of quality is bigger.

The slopes of eight coffee is processed following the traditional kenyan method of 24 hour fermentation, washing and final soaking. In the case of these eight farmers, the processing was just done on a much smaller scale, on equipment they have in their own yards. depending on weather conditions, the parchment takes around 14 days to be properly dried on the raised tables they built themselves.

ORIGIN
KENYA, KIRINYAGA

ELEVATION
1700–1950 M.A.S.L.

VARIETAL
SL28/SL34 (AA)

PROCESS
WASHED

HARVEST
MARCH 2017

PRODUCER
THE SLOPES OF EIGHT
(SMALLHOLDER FARMERS)

PROFILE
BRIGHT & CREAMY
ELDERFLOWER & GRAPEFRUIT

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