2022 Seeds Fund Recipient
Kenyan coffee entrepreneur Peter Mbature is building the Kamavindi Coffee Lab to help farmers understand the quality of their coffee and the farming techniques that contribute to it. After running farmer training with Counter Culture Coffee in the past, Peter discovered a gap in information on coffee processing in Kenya. Following farm visits, many farmers ended up visiting Peter to learn more about coffee. That is when the idea of setting up a training center at the farm was born.
This 2022 Seeds grant funded the purchase of essential lab equipment like a coffee-sample huller, a commercial grinder, and green sizing screens. The center will be certified by the Specialty Coffee Association and The Coffee Quality Institute to train farmers on best agronomic practices, coffee processing, and coffee quality through tastings.
Counter Culture Coffee collects $0.01 from every pound of coffee sold to fund our Seeds program. Annually, $1 per pound of our winter coffee blend, Iridescent, goes to further increase our contribution. Seeds offers financial grants to producers and producer organizations we work with to implement sustainability projects they identify as beneficial. To date, we’ve allocated over $280,000 to Seeds projects.