Guji Mane Diaspora Collection- Kenya Kabn'getuny Natural Process (8oz)
DIASPORA COLLECTION #ujama ✊🏿 🙅🏿♂️✊🏿
At Cxffeeblack, Kwanza is an all year celebration. To start this years celebration we decided to announce our new seat collection: The Diaspora Collection.
This drop is crazy dope fam. Grown and processed by the Women In Coffee Collective from Kabn'getuny in Kenya, this coffee reminds us of Rhapsody’s bars. Smooth, strong, and soft and sweet all at the same time. In addition to being a white dominated linstustry, coffee, like many other things, has also been male dominated for the longest, and the women of Kabn'getuny are determined to change that narrative. Roasted in collaboration with the homies at Ethnos Coffee, the mug kind of reminds us of gin, cranberry sauce, and marshmallows when we drink it. To be honest, It's the perfect vibe to bring us into Kwanza season. #Ujama.
Kenyan coffee has been a part of our origin story since the beginning. Our fathers trip to Kenya in his final years at our local HBCU, LeMoyne Owen, changed his perspective on what it truly means to be black. He was introduced to the diversity within the diaspora, and in it he found his own notes.
It’s this diversity that we want to highlight in our new line of coffee, the diaspora collection. We’ll be highlight some of our favorite coffee from black farmers around the world, and celebrate the connections we all share through coffee. This coffee, sourced through our friends and La Baia and recommended by the homie Stephen at The Coffee Enthusiast after trying the another amazing Kenyan roasted by Alex at Chromatic Coffee, is a sluuuuuurper fam. It's got a super dope autumnal vibe.
Kenyan coffee was the first coffee we ever knew that came from a specific origin. It was the beginning of our families coffee journey, and it’s beautiful that one year into our business we can serve a coffee from a place in the diaspora that has been so instrumental in our family understanding of identity and blackness.
IMPORTER TRACEABILITY NOTES:
In the local Kalenjin language, Kabngetuny means a place of Lions. We are constantly looking to identify ideas that promote women empowerment in coffee. The coffee industry is deeply woven into the fabric and identity of the Kenyan culture and the DNA of its heritage. An industry largely controlled and ran by men has not stopped or slowed the growing impact deeply reverberating through out the industry by the women of Kabngetuny. In fact the coffees and examples set by the Kabngetuny Women in Coffee Association have begun to take the lead in the development of the highest quality coffees produced in the region. The movement which was started back 2015 to empower women coffee farmers in the Kapkiyai Cooperative to earn an income independent from their husbands for the first time. Female farmers in Kenya rarely owned land or coffee bushes, despite contributing up to 70 - 80% of the labour required to plant, grow and harvest coffee.
Fairtrade Africa recognize Kabngetuny as one of the first cooperatives to incorporate women to produce and direct within its operations. The support for the movement initially was met with heavy opposition culturally by farmers who refused to give up land and coffee bushes, until the husbands of the women stepped in to directly support and get behind the movement. They transferred full ownership of land and coffee bushes exclusively to their wives to produce and be completely in charge of their own coffee productions and harvest. This was the opportunity and spark the industry needed to present as an economic and fair opportunity for the sacrifice and hardships these women for so long have had to endure and persevere. The movement still meets many challenges, but every harvest has been an opportunity to empower more women and the coffee sector in the region. Along with the women, many families have been directly impacted and have benefited as a direct result of the Kabngetuny Women in Coffee.