||Kenya Kaganda Washed SL28 SL34 AB 2014
||Province: Central, District: Kahuro
||Varietals: SL28, SL34
Last year 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 its 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 and hundreds of bowls while I was there.
The Kaganda mill Murang’a is in the coffee-growing area on the foothills of the Aberdare mountains, which rise to 3,700 metres. The Society is based around 35 km from Muranga town and takes from growers from 1,600 - 1,800 masl.
The mill has some 1300 members (although only 1180 are active in coffee production). Each member will own only a small piece of land, between 0.25-0.5 acre of land each. they will harvest the coffee themselves then sell to the mill who will process and send the coffee to the goverment auction. At last count there was 450,385 trees planted. Production in 2010/11 was 615,643 kg’s of cherry, in 2011/12 it was 797,302 kg’s of cherry
This coffee is fully washed, submerged under water and then sun-dried using African bed drying tables instead of patios.
In the cup this is a super blackcurrant Ribena fest, but with a twist. A lime acidity twist to be exact, the acidity punches through this classic and finishes with a liquorice aftertaste. A huge coffee.
Affiliated to: Kaganda Farmers Cooperative Society
Average rainfall (mm): 1,200-1,400
Altitude (masl): 1,600-1,800
Average Number of Trees per Farmer: 100
Drying Method: Sun
Harvest Method: Hand picking
Varieties: SL 28 SL 34
Coordinates: 0°754926'N 36°952755
Soil: Rich Volcanic Loam
Just past first crack, keep this light, don't take this anywhere near second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Ribena, blackcurrant, lime, liquorice, creamy mouthfeel.
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