Blackcurrant, Prune, Orange Blossom, Pomegranate
Now it’s been a while since we had a Kenyan coffee in the lineup. We admit. Not because we don’t like them – on the contrary. We love them. And this is why we are getting two this year. Our first release is the beautiful SL-28 & SL-34 AA graded fully washed coffee (read more below about the processing). Close to Mount Kenya to the neighbouring county of Kirinyaga lies Embu. The volcanic soil and the ideal altitude of 1600-1900 masl is the perfect growing ground. The elegancy of this cup, crisp acidity and fruit-forward flavours is what we crave. And this is what we get. A gem. Truly.
Producer Kathima Factory
Process Fully Washed
Arabica Varietal SL28 & SL34
Harvest October-January 2021/22
Altitude of the farms 1600-1900 masl
Roast Profile light
Suited for any kind of brewing, best in Filter
The Kiungu lot is produced by Kathima Factory which falls under the Thambana Co-operative Society. The co-op is located in Embu, a neighbouring county to Kirinyaga on the slopes of Mount Kenya. The factory has 1400 active members who have coffee farms ranging from 1600 masl to 1900masl in the surrounding villages.
This area of Kenya experiences a bi-annual production cycle and the main varieties are SL-28 and SL-24. The producer’s land size is quite small ranging on average from 130 to 200 coffee trees that they grow alongside other crops such as tea, passion fruit and flowers.
After careful handpicking the ripe cherry is brought to the factory where it is weighed and then processed using the washed processing methods. Coffee is then pulped, and fermented overnight. It is soaked for a further 24 hours then dried over 7 – 15 days to achieve the ideal moisture content. Thereafter, the parchment is milled for sale.
Kenyan coffees are classified by size. AA beans are the largest size (>7.2mm).
Embu County lies just east of Mount Kenya, with a good portion of land area backing up into the foothills. The soil and climate in the region are ideal for farming coffee. Some of the country’s earliest factories (wet mills) were established here, and today some of Kenya’s best coffees come from this beautiful region.