Kinini Village was established in 2014 by Jacquie Turner and Malcolm Clear. They wanted to find a way to have a generational impact on communities without having to continually fundraise $ for aid projects. The structure of the project was unprecedented. Kinini Coffee signed a "lease" on parcels of land owned by various farmers throughout the area. This lease stipulated that Kinini would provide all these farmers with coffee trees, training and organization. All the farmers had to do was agree to deliver these cherries to the Kinini Washing Station when they fruited in the future, for which they would be paid. The due-diligence done on this lease (printed in triplicate for every farmer) by the lawyers at the local and federal government to make sure farmers weren't being taken advantage of over a year.
They started distributing coffee seedlings to farmers, setting up trainings, building their washing station, and organizing farmers. Their learning curve in coffee was meteoric. Whenever they needed an answer to a coffee question, they would ask three specialists instead of one and triangulate their responses before making the most informed decision. A truly detailed oriented team. The result? In 2017 (3 years after the trees had been planted) they had their first harvest of any substantive volume. The care taken at the farm (by farmers incentivized to do so) at the washing station, during cherry collection, and on the drying tables paid off.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.