||Kenya Gachika Washed SL28 Peaberry 2013
||Province: Central, District: Thika
||Varietals: SL 28
This year in February I took my first trip to Kenya. Not to meet producers but to get an insight into how the market works, and how we can improve the quality of what we buy from Kenya.
Much of Kenyan coffee comes from co-operatives, which means it's tough to go visit a person or build a long term relationship. But there is a very transparent auction system in Kenya, and an opportunity to cup lots of coffee. I cupped hundreds while I was there, and from those cuppings we brought three back with us. This is one of those. This is lot number 1275 and was bought from the Kenya coffee auctions on the 22nd of January, and we bought the entire lot when cupping at the exporters office.
This coffee comes from the Kimaratia FCS co-operative society, located in Kiambu is in the east of the Rift Valley and lies on the foothills of the Aberdare mountains, approx. 50 km drive east from the town of Thika. It sits at an altitude between 1600- 1800 masl.
The Kimaratia Society has 1350 active farmer members (950 males, 400 females), with approx. 511 hectares of land. They produced approximately 650,000kg’s of cherry between the 3 co-op mills (Gachika, Gitare and Gichuka) in 2012/13
This coffee coffees from the SL28 varietal, but some members also have SL34 and Ruiru 11 (around 10%)
Its a fully washed submerged under cold water fermentation over a 24-36 hour period, and is then dried on raised african beds.
In the cup expect green banana with peaches and cream thrown in to the mix. Another big mouthfeel coffee that you can almost chew.
Affiliated to: imaratia FCS co-operative society
Average rainfall (mm): 1200-1600
Altitude (masl): 1600-1800
Producers: Male: 950 Female: 400; Total: 1350
Average Number of Trees per Farmer: 300
Drying Method: Sun
Harvest Method: Hand picking
Varieties: SL 28
Soil: Rich Volcanic Loam
Just past first crack, keep this light, don't take this anywhere near second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Green banana, peaches, cream, big mouthfeel.
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