||Kenya Othaya Chinga Washed AA 2017
||Province: Nyeri, District: Othaya
||Varietals: SL28 & SL34 AA
I took my very first trip to Kenya back in 2014. My aim was not to meet producers but rather to get an insight into how the market works, and how we can improve the quality of the coffee we buy from Kenya.
Much of Kenya's coffee comes from cooperatives, which means it's tough to go to visit a person or build a long-term relationship. That said, it is possible to get something interesting going and to work on projects together by speaking with the leaders of the co-ops and washing stations.
Othaya Farmer's Cooperative is based at the Gatuyaini wet mill, where they house a cupping room (and talented QC person) and their latest addition – a small roastery (where they hope to develop a market for their coffee inside Kenya). Othaya owns a number of wet mills, but we get our lots from the Chinga mill.
When we visited earlier this year we were invited to the mill to cup some of the washed production from different farms. There was a clear standout lot, which turned out to be a small lot from Chinga. Breaking the usual rule about not buying when you're in the country, we asked then and there if we could buy it!
Chinga wet mill is managed by the very tall Gary John. It's located near to the town of Othaya, just east of the Chinga Dam. It's approximately 5 km southwest of the town, and is in the Nyeri county part of Kenya.
The mill has some 783 members, and each member only owns a small piece of land of an average 0.3 acres. They harvest the coffee themselves and then sell it to the mill, where it is processed and sent to the government auction.
In the cup think long, hot summer days and drinking cloudy lemonade. It's almost a little medicinal (think Lemsip – in a good way) with a blackcurrant edge on the finish.
Affiliated with: Othaya Farmer's Cooperative
Processing method: Washed
Varietals: SL28 & SL34 AA
Average rainfall: 1,200–1,500 mm
Altitude: 1,795 m.a.s.l.
Coordinates: 0°34'45.4"S 36°55'35.2"E
Soil: rich volcanic loam
Medium – drop just before second crack begins.
"Quick Look" Guide
Cloudy lemonade, Lemsip, blackcurrant.
Note: Cupping Scores for Aftertaste & Balance are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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