Kenya: Wakamata AA

$16.00

There’s a map hand-drawn on the cream-colored wall of Marian Wanjiku’s office in Wakamata Factory. It shows the backroads you should take to find the lovely site, which is deep in Nyeri County. Without the instructions, you wouldn’t be able to find it—but as it is both well-run and aesthetically pleasing, finding Wakamata is worth the work!
Marian has worked on the site since 2014, when she began as the office cleaner. Promoted in 2021 to Factory Manager, she has a confident air and clear competence. Wakamata is visually stunning from its pitch-black fermentation tanks to its long, straight stripes of washing channels which carve down the slope on which it sits.
Annual production at Wakamata is between 200,000 and 400,000 kgs of red cherry. It sits on 5 lovely acres of Kenyan countryside. Classic Kenyan processing techniques are applied, including drying the coffee for a minimum of ten days (depending on the weather) and conditioning up to a month before transitioning to the storehouse for no more than one day. Additionally, water recycled from washing is used for pulping; dry fermentation takes place between 16-20 hours depending, again, on the weather, and the parchment will be taken to “wet tables” to drip dry after washing before being transferred to drying tables. 

This is also another beautiful Farm Gate coffee. 

Cupping Notes: Ripe nectarine, lemon tart, rose sugar, melonade, and grapefruit juice

Brew Recommendations: Drip, French Press, pour over

Farm Gate Coffee: Farmers paid at least 50% above Fair Trade

Region: Kirinyaga

Equity Pricing (EP) Levels

  • Sustaining Level: $16 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below

  • Uplifting Level: $20 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below

  • Benefacting Level: $24 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below

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ORIGINS AND HOUSE ROASTS
  • African (Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya): Expect notes of strawberry, rhubarb pie filling, cranberry juice, & a hint of orange.
  • Sunda Islands (Sumatra, East Timor, West Timor, Papua New Guinea): Expect notes of sorghum, caramel, praline, & pecan.
  • Latin (Costa Rica, Colombia, Honduras, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador): Expect notes of hazelnut, Dutch cocoa, milk chocolate, & wafer cookie.
  • 4-Track Blend (House Roast): Expect notes of powdered cacao, plum, & raspberry.
  • Black Top Dark Roast (House Roast): Expect notes of rich, bitter chocolate with a smoky yet sweet flavor profile.
EQUITY PRICING (EP) LEVELS
  • Sustaining Level: Your purchase at this level keeps the lights on by helping us continue to bring you coffees by quality producers while also ensuring we are able to pay farmers above market rate prices for their beans. You are also helping us to continue offering this Equity and Transparency Pricing Model to our customers. Loyalty and equity is special to us so at this level you are offered special deals and unique appreciations!

  • Uplifting Level: Your purchase at this level sustains us but also elevates our ability to build out new products, buy more coffees from quality producers and offer new services. You are also helping us to continue offering this Equity and Transparency Pricing Model to our customers. Loyalty and equity is special to us so at this level you are offered special deals and unique appreciations!

  • Benefacting Level: Your purchase at this level makes you a benefactor. You are creating opportunities for us to reach our vision of creating a community marketplace that celebrates marginalized voices and keeps us pushing the boundaries of what this industry can look and be like. You are also helping us to continue offering this Equity and Transparency Pricing Model to our customers. Loyalty and equity is special to us so at this level you are offered special deals and unique appreciations!

DELIVERY SCHEDULE
  • Shipped Coffee - All orders placed after on or after Monday will be fulfilled the following Monday

  • Southeast/East Portland (includes some Northeast areas that are East like Cully and Hollywood) - All orders placed on or after Monday will be fulfilled the following Monday

  • North/Northeast/Northwest Portland (includes areas like St Johns) - All orders placed on or after Tuesday will be fulfilled the following Tuesday

  • Southwest Portland - All orders placed on or after Monday will be SHIPPED the following Monday (you will still receive LOCAL delivery prices, not shipped)

  • Portland Apartments - If there is no way for us to deliver to your door, we will ship your coffee.