The coffee story

Located in the picturesque Nandi Hills (also known as the home of champions), the co-operative is nestled atop one of the topmost hills in the region. Nandi County is home to many world record holders in athletics, including Kipchoge Keino, Henry Rono, Eliud Kipchoge, Pamela Jelimo, Janeth Jepkosgei, Moses Tanui, Julius Yego, Jairus Birech, Conseslus Kipruto and Bernard Lagat.

If you were to visit Kapkiyai Farmers Cooperative a few years ago, you might have noticed something striking: all 38 members were men. At the time, women existed on the periphery of the coffee industry in Kapkiyai. Although women played essential roles in coffee production, such as picking ripe cherries and carrying the loads down the hills after harvest, men were the ones who owned the coffee trees, decision-making process, and the profits reaped from their production.

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Women on the rise
In 2010, Kapkiyai began to receive support from the Coffee Initiative and the training in both agronomy and the management of the co-operative and wet mill emphasized gender inclusion in the coffee industry. With time, Kapkiyai management began to see the potential of including women in the co-operative.

“Women are the ones that look after the children. They are the ones that work on the farms. They are the ones that bring the coffee down the hills (to the co-operative for processing). It was time for them to get involved in sales,” said Chairman David Saina. 

Kapkiyai held a special general meeting to discuss the advice put forth by the Coffee Initiative business advisors. At the meeting, which consisted of both board members and farmers, the co-operative passed the Kapkiyai Women in Coffee Resolution, granting women the right to become fully contributing members in the co-operative. Following the decision, a number of husbands gave their wives a segment of their own trees.

Today, 106 of the 398 members of the Kapkiyai Farmers Co-operative Society are women. Women also produced 55,000 kilograms of the 200,114 total cherries produced by Kapkiyai in 2015, a contribution that played a significant role in helping the co-operative purchase an eco-pulper, a new pulping machine that processes 1,500 kilograms of coffee cherry per hour. “Without women, we would not have this machine,” said Chairman Saina.

Women have also made inroads into the co-operative’s decision-making process by rising into leadership positions. Dorcas Jeptanui is both the Chairlady of the Women in Coffee group and a member of the co-operative’s management committee. In 2018, the women launched the first Fairtrade certified women-only coffee in the region, an initiative that we as Vava Coffee were humbled to be a part of. 

One of the project deliverables was to increase the coffee productivity & quality by training the women and male coffee farmers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), to increase coffee yields from an average of 1.8 kg of cherry per coffee bush to 3 kg of cherry per coffee bush. The quality of women coffee has also increased tremendously with the production of premium grades (AA, AB & PB) going from 25% of total production when the project started to more than 70% now.

The process

Cherries are handpicked, washed and soaked in fermentation tanks followed by drying on raised beds as well as covered elevated drying beds during the heavy rains.
KE-11-202110 Past offer

Kapkiyai FCS AA - Nandi, Rift Valley

  • $10.74 USD / kg FOB Conventional (no certification)
Origin
Kenya
Variety
SL28, Ruiru 11, SL34, batian, k7
Process type
Fully washed
Altitude range
2000m - 2230m
Harvest period
October, 2021 - January, 2022
Algrano's cupping score (SCA)
86.25 points
Updated January, 2022
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  • Kenya
  • Group of farms
  • FairTrade, Rainforest Alliance
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  • 2 Average orders per roaster
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Nord Brenneri As Bell Lane Coffee

"We´ve known about Vava Angwenyi and her work for a few years and was finally able to visit in early 2020. We just love her approach to coffee and her understanding of the larger picture of the impact the industry currently has and the potential for improvement. Vava Specialty Coffee seeks to create sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers as well as integrate more women and youth within the entire supply chain, and we are all into that. And also – the coffees we´ve had the pleasure of roasting and introduced are just great!"

Andreas Rød Berge, Nord Brenneri As

"Usually, when people hear of Vava, they think of her impact on the community and coffee industry, but it's worth mentioning that this great work also reflects on all the coffee that comes from Vava. Beautiful, crisp and complex washed lots, this year (2021) we had the opportunity to get a natural processed that still tastes like a typical Kenya but with an added layer of sweetness."

Nikola Sunko, Bell Lane Coffee

Storytelling, B-Corp, Farmer empowerment

Vava Coffee is a Certified B-Corp with a social enterprise business model that has a network of coffee producers in different regions of East Africa.Vava coffee exports, roasts and consults on coffee value chains, the company aims to contribute to better future prospects for coffee communities   and the industry as a whole. We are geared towards sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities we work with. Our vision is to challenge the status quo and promote positive social disruption within the Coffee industry.Located in the picturesque Kajiado county inhabited by the calm yet courageous Maasai community, we work in this atypical coffee growing region to influence and transform communities by providing economic empowerment opportunities using coffee - we do this through trade, education and capacity building with a sharp focus on elevating the opportunities for women and girls in these communities.

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The coffee story

Located in the picturesque Nandi Hills (also known as the home of champions), the co-operative is nestled atop one of the topmost hills in the region. Nandi County is home to many world record holders in athletics, including Kipchoge Keino, Henry Rono, Eliud Kipchoge, Pamela Jelimo, Janeth Jepkosgei, Moses Tanui, Julius Yego, Jairus Birech, Conseslus Kipruto and Bernard Lagat.

If you were to visit Kapkiyai Farmers Cooperative a few years ago, you might have noticed something striking: all 38 members were men. At the time, women existed on the periphery of the coffee industry in Kapkiyai. Although women played essential roles in coffee production, such as picking ripe cherries and carrying the loads down the hills after harvest, men were the ones who owned the coffee trees, decision-making process, and the profits reaped from their production.

Travel through Kenya with Vava here and discover the country's regions, travel tips and books to read!
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Women on the rise
In 2010, Kapkiyai began to receive support from the Coffee Initiative and the training in both agronomy and the management of the co-operative and wet mill emphasized gender inclusion in the coffee industry. With time, Kapkiyai management began to see the potential of including women in the co-operative.

“Women are the ones that look after the children. They are the ones that work on the farms. They are the ones that bring the coffee down the hills (to the co-operative for processing). It was time for them to get involved in sales,” said Chairman David Saina. 

Kapkiyai held a special general meeting to discuss the advice put forth by the Coffee Initiative business advisors. At the meeting, which consisted of both board members and farmers, the co-operative passed the Kapkiyai Women in Coffee Resolution, granting women the right to become fully contributing members in the co-operative. Following the decision, a number of husbands gave their wives a segment of their own trees.

Today, 106 of the 398 members of the Kapkiyai Farmers Co-operative Society are women. Women also produced 55,000 kilograms of the 200,114 total cherries produced by Kapkiyai in 2015, a contribution that played a significant role in helping the co-operative purchase an eco-pulper, a new pulping machine that processes 1,500 kilograms of coffee cherry per hour. “Without women, we would not have this machine,” said Chairman Saina.

Women have also made inroads into the co-operative’s decision-making process by rising into leadership positions. Dorcas Jeptanui is both the Chairlady of the Women in Coffee group and a member of the co-operative’s management committee. In 2018, the women launched the first Fairtrade certified women-only coffee in the region, an initiative that we as Vava Coffee were humbled to be a part of. 

One of the project deliverables was to increase the coffee productivity & quality by training the women and male coffee farmers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), to increase coffee yields from an average of 1.8 kg of cherry per coffee bush to 3 kg of cherry per coffee bush. The quality of women coffee has also increased tremendously with the production of premium grades (AA, AB & PB) going from 25% of total production when the project started to more than 70% now.

The process

Cherries are handpicked, washed and soaked in fermentation tanks followed by drying on raised beds as well as covered elevated drying beds during the heavy rains.
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Algrano
Algrano
Cupped: January, 2022
Vava Coffee
Seller (Pending)
Cupped: N/A
SCA Score
Algrano
86.25
Seller (Pending)
86.25
Key flavor notes
Algrano
Citrus fruit, White tea, Red fruit, Tropical fruit, Herbal
Seller (Pending)
-
Quality comment
Algrano
Red fruit, herbal and tea like, with notes of citrus, white tea and pomelo. Finish is pleasant, body is medium smooth body and acidity medium-high, citric- all together well integrated.
Seller (Pending)
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