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Zoom Kenya Elik
Zoom Kenya Elik

Kenya Elik

£11.00
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Elik Farm is renowned for its commitment to sustainable farming practices, offering 100% organic agricultural methods and fostering a culture of responsible farming. This lot may be bright but it has earned it’s place in our base range thanks to a bold espresso profile that works well with milk.

Expect: Blackberry, Plum, Golden Syrup 
Enjoy: With or Without Milk
Process: Washed

Location: Kariua, Murang’a County, Central Kenya
Altitude: 1,730 masl
Preparation: Washed
Varietal: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Owners: The Karagu Family

Suited for: Metal Filters
Enjoy: With or Without Milk

Brewing Guide :

Espresso
17g in : 32g out
26-30 secs

French Press
60g : 1l
4 mins

Brew Guides

Size
Grind

Kenya

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.

Read our origin guide

This Coffee's Story

Elik Farm is situated in the picturesque village of Kariua, Murang’a County, in the heart of Central Kenya. Nestled between the majestic Aberdare ridges and the snow-capped Mount Kenya, the farm is an emblem of natural beauty and agricultural excellence. It is renowned for its commitment to sustainable farming practices, offering 100% organic agricultural methods and fostering a strong culture of responsible farming. This lot walks the line between our base and explore ranges. It may be bright but it's syrupy body and Colombia-like profile takes well to milk. As a result, we feel this works well as a bold, contemporary espresso option. A profile that is juicy when served black and packed full of rich caramel notes with milk.

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!

Shipping Info

Delivery Times

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 3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. 

Royal Mail 2nd class tracked postage is included for orders over £25. Orders under £25 will add £4.10 for 2nd class tracked postage. Alternatively, you have the option to include 1st class tracked postage for £5.

Local Pick Ups

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

Packaging Info

Letterbox Friendly

If you order 1-2 x 250g bags of coffee, they will be sent in a letterbox friendly package so that you do not need to be in to take receipt of your coffee.

100% Home Compostable

Our 250g bags are 100% home compostable including the valve, seal and sticker! They will degrade in 6 months in a well managed home compost.

1kg Recyclable LDPE 4

Our 1kg bags are currently in LDPE plastic - some councils will recycle this for you, if you are unsure simply take it to your local supermarket with your other plastic packaging.

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