#SSSSS No7 – Kenya Othaya Chinga AB Washed SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & Batian 2019

Summary

Bean name #SSSSS No7 – Kenya Othaya Chinga AB Washed SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & Batian 2019
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2019
Region Nyeri
Other info Varietals: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & Batian

Description

Number 7 of 12, July 2019, in the #SSSSS 2019 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.

This month it's: Kenya Othaya Chinga AB Washed SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & Batian 2019

A very big hello and welcome to #SSSSS for the month of July! Yes I am aware that it's only June the 27th but Monday = July and I wanted to get this deliciousness roasted + on the way to you (and so I could nab a little bit for myself too, it is, after all, STEVE's secret stash!!) As always this here email means that your coffee is now in the hands of Royal Mail and heading in your direction, will be with you soon : )

If you joined us last year, please cast your mind back and you’ll remember we enjoyed a delicious Kenyan lot in June ‘18 - a washed AA from Othaya Chinga. It was so good, I thought we should have another lot from there this year, so with great anticipation…here’s Kenya Othaya Chinga Washed AB for you!!!

This coffee is the result of 5 years of buying from the Othaya co-operative in the Nyeri region of Kenya. Their drymill and headquarters are based at Gatuyaini, just north of Othaya town, but they have many different wetmills dotted around the area, each accepting freshly picked cherries from the members of their co-operative. We buy from one of their smallest - Chinga.

We started buying from Othaya when they agreed to try a Natural processed coffee for us. That’s not something traditional to Kenya and it carries some financial risks, so we’ve both had to build a lot of trust in each other! Over the last few years, the Natural from Chinga wetmill has become a favourite with us and, whilst visiting in 2016, we agreed to start buying some Washed coffee too.

Now Chinga is just one Wetmill, but it still produces a lot of different lots - each batch of cherries is sorted by density and by size - to give us AA (the biggest), AB, C (smallest) and Peaberries. So how do you choose which ones to go for?? Well, you taste them. This year, my favourite Washed lots were a Peaberry and an AB - this is the one I’ve saved just for you.

But the question you’ll all be asking is – how does it taste? Well...

In the cup I can’t escape lemon icing. It’s upfront sweet white sugar mixing with lemon zest and juice. There’s a tiny nod to cranberry juice in there too, but it’s the aftertaste where this shines again with a lingering molasses flavour.

Enjoy this delicious slice of lemon drizzle cake from Kenya and don’t forget to let me know if we should see Chinga return again for #SSSSS ‘20!!!!!

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

Stephen Leighton

"Quick Look" Guide:
Lemon icing, cranberry juice, molasses

Cupping notes

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