This is the first time we buy coffee from the Kagere wet mill. I received a sample from the exporter,Dormansin Kenya along with other samples from wet mills we have been buying from in the past and I was so blown away by the intensity of flavour from this coffee that I could not resist buying the lot. If you love Kenyan coffees as much as I do, then this one is a real treat. It has a super refreshing and tart acidity that is balanced with intense “purple flavours” like blackcurrants, blackberries, red grapes and sour cherries.
I have not personally visited the Kagere wet mill, but in the past we have bought several lots of coffee from the Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society which Kagere is a part of.
The farmers sell coffee cherries to the wet mills and deliver cherries several times during a harvest. The farmers are paid a price based on all the coffees they sold to the cooperative that year. The wet mill will process and dry the coffees before they get sent to the local mill for storage. Therefore, the cooperative by law charges no more than 20% of the selling price of the coffee. Most of the wet mills we buy from in Kenya publish the prices they paid for their coffees on their notice boards for the farmers to see and everything is recorded in their accounting. However, I still know that we can get better at providing transparency in Kenya and I really hope to step up our buying protocols and find more long term partners in Kenya in the years to come. All coffees are imported directly to Norway by ourselves.