||Kenya Kirimahiga Washed AA 2013
||Varietal: Ruiru 11/ SL 32 SL 28
Kirimahiga is a wetmill within New Kiriti - Kirimahiga farmers’ co-operative society. It was started in 1987. It has 780 members who democratically elect their chairman, who represents them in the management board of New Kiriti - Kirimahiga farmers co-operative society. Most of the farmers have between 150 - 200 350 stems of coffee.
The New Kiriti - Kirimahiga Farmers co-operative is part of the Coffee Transparency initiative. By adopting business practices that treat workers and suppliers ethically and fairly, protect the environment, and promote economic transparency, the initiative works to build the foundation for sustainable business. Participating wet mills and supplying farmers are trained and audited on a set of sustainability standards that focus on 5 categories; social responsibility & ethics, occupational health & safety, environmental responsibility, economic transparency, and production & farm management. The long term goal is to get producers to become loyal suppliers by understanding business decisions while enabling long-term relationships with coffee buyers.
Normal coffee preparation starts in October when farmers apply compound fertilizers provided by their marketing agent. These fertilizers are applied in October just before the onset of the long rains to assist the coffee trees to flower well in January. The main harvest is November – December. January is mostly given over to pruning and de-suckering the plantation, with most of the farmers also applying manure during this period. In February they normally spray against coffee leaf rust, and in March, apply more fertilizer to their farms.
In the cup expect lots and lots of blackcurrant with a delicious red wine acidity, which reminds me of great Kenyans of the past. The aftertaste is all creamy and smooth. A delicious coffee.
Coffee:Kenya Kirimahiga AA – Lot A001
Farm:New Kiriti - Kirimahiga Farmers co-operative society
Varietal(s):Ruiru 11/ SL 32 SL 28
Processing:Wet processing and sun dried on raised tables.
Owner:New Kiriti - Kirimahia Farmers Co-operative society
Altitude:1600 meters above sea level
Total size of farm:157 hectares
Area under coffee:65 hectares
Harvest months:October - December
Just past first crack, maybe barely into second if you must, but this is a great medium roast coffee so don't spoil it.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Blackcurrant, Red wine, super clean, creamy aftertaste.
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