Kenya Othaya Chinga Lot 19TY0003 2018

Summary

Bean name Kenya Othaya Chinga Lot 19TY0003 2018
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2018
Region Nyeri
Other info Varietals: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & Batian

Description

Number 8 of 12, August 2018, in the #SSSSS 2018 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.

This month it's: Kenya Othaya Chinga Lot 19TY0003 2018

Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription
August 2018
Othaya Chinga Lot 19TY0003
Nyeri, Kenya
Washed SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & Batian
New York cheesecake, cherry syrup, citrus

Welcome to Steve’s Super Secret Stash Subscription from Steve’s Super Surprisingly Sunny Stafford!! (in-between random downpours of rain!) July bought us lovely weather and a very hot roastery, along with the first of the new coffee crops from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Kenya so I couldn’t wait to share a special lot from among those with you.

This month’s coffee is from the Othaya co-operative in Kenya. Their Dry Mill is based at Gatuyaini, just north of Othaya town, but they have many different Wet Mills in the co-operative. We buy from one of the smallest – Chinga. Situated just south of Othaya town, the mill was built in the 1960s on the banks of the Gikira River.

This mill produces a Natural processed lot for us, which many of you may have tried before. Last year, we also had a Washed AA lot from the mill on sale along side that. Both of those will make a return to our website later this month, so what is it I’ve got saved for you? Well it’s a Washed AA – but not the same one.

Members of co-operatives like Othaya pick their coffee cherries and deliver them to a local mill like Chinga. At Chinga, they collect the cherries together and when they have enough they put them through the washed process as a batch – called an Outturn. The difference between the coffee you have and the one that'll go on our website is they are from different Outturns and the number next to the name is the unique identifying code for this Outturn.

For each Outturn, the cherries are sorted before being depulped and emptied into large vats filled with clean, cold water. There they ferment, until the remaining fruit parts have come away from the beans. They get floated (which separates out the ripe, dense beans from lower quality ones) before being dried on raised beds.

They then go to the Dry Mill, where they have the parchment removed and go through screens. These are a bit like giant sieves, and separate the beans by size. An AA lot is made up of large beans, with an AB being slightly smaller.

They then send us different lots to taste and pick our favorites, and this year we really enjoyed two AA lots from different Outturns – so we decided to share one just with you. What’s the difference? Well, Outturn 17TY007, is very much like last year’s Chinga AA Washed – Lemon rind and sherbet, with a creamy sweetness and an orange finish. Expect to see this become available on the website over the next week or so : )

Your lot – 19TY0003 – is even more sweetness focused, with a bigger body. Think a big slice of New York Cheesecake, drizzled with cherry syrup. Expect hints of the citrus you see in the other lot, but with creamy sweetness leading throughout, hints of biscuit and a rich cherry finish.

Country: Kenya
Region: Nyeri
Co-operative: Othaya
Wet Mill: Chinga
Altitude: 1,795 m.a.s.l. (at the Wet Mill)
Varieties: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & Batian
Processing system: Washed

*disclaimer* I did not actually smoke in the no smoking zone!

Stephen Leighton

"Quick Look" Guide:
New York cheesecake, cherry syrup, citrus

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