September’s Single Origin of the Month: Kenya
August 30, 2017
Region: Embu County
Varietal: SL28 & SL34
Processing Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: Redcurrant and cola, pineapple acidity, baking spice, pillowy mouthfeel.
Kenya is a coffee origin that provides exceptionally quality and flavour profiles through traditional processing techniques and attention to detail at the best mills and estates. It also has one of the most transparent and strict coffee buying systems in the world via the Nairobi auctions.
The majority of Kenyan supply comes from small holder farmers with an average of 0.5 – 3 acres of coffee production. By law in Kenya, a farmer with under 5 acres must be organised into a cooperative. A Coop may service a number of washing stations, with each washing station (or coffee factory) looking after their small holders in the surrounding area.
Our featured single origin coffee this month comes to us from the Embu region, 120km northeast of Nairobi at the eastern base of Mount Kenya. The region is blessed with rich, fertile red volcanic soil and perfect growing conditions.
After timely hand picking of only ripe fruit, farmers deliver their coffee cherry to the local wet mill which is fed by the nearby Rupingazi River. Cherries are then weighed, sorted and pulped on the same day as harvest. Coffee is spread evenly on raised mesh drying beds where the coffee is raked and turned continuously to ensure even drying with meticulous attention to aeration and moisture content.