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Co-founder and Buyer Hols says…
“Having started our dreams for North Star in Kenya back in 2011, we always get a bit emotional when new crop coffees arrive with us in the roastery from our all time favourite origin. They really are some of the best coffees in the world offering flavour profiles that can blow you away. We feel so fortunate to have met the wonderful Vava Angwenyi (our Kenyan partner and friend) who dedicates her work to bringing about positive change to thousands of families in rural communities across East Africa – going to great lengths to forge strong relationships both with producers and roasters who share the same goal. Our purchases also support the fantastic Gente del Future initiative set up by Vava which provides coffee scholarships for youth and women in producing areas in an effort to make more of the industry accessible to them.
We were delighted to have secured three lots from Vava this year which really show off the breadth of Kenyan coffee in terms of flavour profile. The Kimoso AA comes to us from Trans-Nzoia in the west on the border of Uganda – an area not typically known for coffee production in the specialty market but one that is absolutely producing some incredible coffee with a really unique profile. This one sings of honey, rose and raspberry with hints of rhubarb!
Then we have the more classic profile of Rianjagi from Embu in Eastern Province which reminded us of lemonade with a really effervescent mouthfeel and notes of pineapple and butter.
Both of these lots are absolutely at their best served without milk through paper filter methods – try both and see for yourself the impact that terroir has on coffees flavour!”
Kenya is one of our most favoured coffee origins being the place responsible for the establishment of North Star. Whilst the coffee is amongst the best in the world, it can often be a frustrating supply chain to source from with a lack of transparency and understanding of exactly what impact we are having due to the complex auction system that has been in place there since independence. This system makes it very difficult for Kenyan companies to participate in the sale of their country’s coffee, prioritising established British and foreign export businesses, sadly serving the interest of the buyer and not of the producer.
We first met Vava Angwenyi in 2017 in Budapest where she was speaking at the Re:co Symposium about gender equity in the supply chain. Her views matched with ours when it came to evaluating the current state of the global coffee industry and we wanted to hear more about her company, a Kenyan enterprise focused on showcasing the value of Kenyan coffee to Kenyan coffee farmers. We were hosted by her during our visit to Kenya in February 2019 and learnt more about an initiative called Gente del Futuro which she has co-founded.
In many producing countries, the average age of coffee farmers is increasing. Youth are not motivated to stay in coffee, they face lack of ownership of land, coffee trees and access to training and finance and therefore leave the rural areas looking for employment in towns. Continuation of coffee production by the “next generation” is therefore at stake, and poses a great risk for the coffee sector as a whole. GDF is an organisation that currently works with smallholder producers in Kenya, Tanzania and Colombia to showcase the potential life-changing impact of the industry to producers who are currently marginalised and denied access to the consumer end of the supply chain. In supporting this organisation, we are empowering young people through practical and technical training to show them coffee is a profession that can change their future for the better, not the worse. By buying this bag of coffee, you are contributing to scholarships and training programs for hundreds of smallholder coffee producers so they are able to better understand the value of what they are growing. Asante Sana!
Thank you thank you thank you for buying this delicious coffee which not only tastes really good, but it does a lot of good too 🙂
Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm – just ring the doorbell on arrival. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂
Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched. We are currently operating with a 2-3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. If you have ordered a Nova Bakehouse cookie kit, this will be posted on the next available Tuesday along with any other items you have ordered.
Smashing coffee. Consistent and complex (when made well!). Really worth getting a 1KG bag in … it won’t last long.
So far probably my favourite from North Star, a seriously satisfying cup. Rich fruity mouthfeel, clean acidity and a unique savouriness.
Very smooth different and devine taste.
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