Our first fresh Kenya offering of the year delivers in every way! It is fragrant, winey, and complex. Aromas of dried flowers and hints of tropical fruits give way to a mouth filling fruit salad in the cup. The acidity reminds us of fresh raspberry lemonade. A fantastic summer crusher.
From our friends at Red Fox Coffee Merchants:
At the base of Mount Kenya, fertile volcanic soil drapes broad, gently rounded slopes that cradle perennial fresh water streams. While fertile terroir is ideal, most would agree cup quality comes from Kenya’s notable commitment to processing cherry. The entire regimen is sometimes referred to as the 72 hour process, a triple ferment process where the third stage utilizes fresh water to re- move any lingering fruit. Farmers are encouraged to become mem- bers of a cooperative, which markets and sells coffee on the whole communities behalf. Most farmers in Kenya are smallholders and typically produce enough cherry for just a few bags. Washing sta- tions are often called ‘factories’ and play an enormous role in the quality of the final product.
Gakuyuini Factory is about 130 kilometers from Nairobi City, which is one and a half hour drive from Nairobi. There are currently 1,553 active members — 43% are female and 56% are male. The factory is represented by five selected management committee members. Processing utilizes clean river water that is recirculated before dis- posal into soak pits. These soak pits naturally filter waste water after fermentation, allowing it to soak back into the soil and limiting the amount of waste run-off.