Group photo of the youth participated in the workshop (standing) with the Embu county government officials and one of the trainer (seated).
Embu is one of the coffee growing areas in Kenya, with some of the sought after cup notes and profiles. With the coffee growing on highlands, the fruit develops slowly allowing a cup to exhibit sweet, winey, currants with lively acidity notes. Generally coffee farms have been owned and tended by aged farmers with an average of about 60- 65 years. This threatens the future of coffee farming and also gives the youth an impression that coffee farming is not for the young generation.
Well, Beanstitute a coffee academy based in Kenya brings a different message to the youth and to the entire coffee value chain. Through offering courses in Barista skills, Brewing, Sensory skills, Green bean roasting and Cupping, the organization has seen both young and old in the coffee value chain re-ignited with new knowledge and skills that have especially impacted the youth in Embu County. Beanstitute also offers consultation services and follow up to see the skills and knowledge acquired implemented in a profitable manner.
During a training workshop last week for the youth at Embu, about 18 young people from Runyenjes, Manyatta and Mbeere South regions were empowered with barista skills, brewing, knowledge on the choice of the correct green bean and cupping. At the end of the week’s workshop, the youth were able to organize themselves into groups in which they can get entrepreneurial in their localities to implement and maximize use of the acquired skills businesswise, with assistance from Embu County.