– Expecting Fairtrade Certificate for the 2022 harvest.
– Currently transitional organic, expecting to be fully organic for the 2023 harvest.
– Launched a roasting/cupping lab at the washing station with the Arc S Sample Roaster
– Hired a roaster/cupper named Patrick who is also a farmer liaison, IT guru, and new member of the flat team-approach executive team at the washing station. Kinini was able to provide training/mentoring/calibration for Patrick in the off-season so he could cup coffees this harvest for lot selections.
– Started open-door tasting sessions at the new lab for coffee farmers. These sessions also include tasting flavors found in coffee such as chocolate (which was a first for many farmers) and acidity using local reference fruits such as banana and tree tomatoes. They are also using raw potato as a sensory experience to be able to better understand potato defect.
– Floating cherries at the cherry collection sites themselves, not just at the washing station- ensuring better incentives for better picking.
– Distributed red wristbands to pickers to better explain color expectations.
– Continuing bonus structure change from 2020. They moved from a volume-based incentive of 5% per kilo in 2019 that only the biggest farmers qualified for, to a flat bonus of 10% per kilo across the board to all farmers in 2020.
– Growing 30,000 seedlings at 3 different seedlings nurseries in an attempt to double volume by 2023. Instead of buying seedlings, they are developing their own seedlings from the most productive & healthy plants from each of the 3 areas. Each nursery will only supply their surrounding areas since the trees will be ones that have proven to be the most healthy and productive in that particular micro-climate.
– Vermicomposting has finally found its stride at Kinini. After a year of skepticism, farmers see the results and are rapidly expanding the project. Farmers are now building their own vermicomposting sites at the farm level.
– Hired extra security guards to protect stock as coffee theft has been on the rise due to the high demand.
– Continue to send 10% of all Kinini profits to charity