FARMER CO-OP SOCIETY: Thirikwa
WASHING STATION: Gakuyu'ini
ELEVATION: 1,700 masl
VARIETALS: SL 28, SL34, RUIRA II
WE TASTE: Blackcurrant, blueberry, apple cider
It is my joy every year to taste the amazing coffees that come in from Kenya. They are consistently some of the best in the world with big sweetness, acidity, and flavor distinction along the currant and blackberry spectrum.
This coffee was the top selection of the year by Aleco Chigounis, the owner of a coffee importing company called Red Fox Coffee Merchants. Aleco is a true coffee hunter and has an amazing amount of patience as well as a highly developed palate. It is a privilege to be able to partner with his company on Kenyas this year.
Kenya experienced major drought issues this year which meant production was low and prices high for the best coffees. We were fortunate to snag this one. Gakuyu’ini is a coffee mill located in Kirinyaga that processes cherries from small local farmers and is part of the Thirikwa Cooperative Society.
AA refers to the bean size. AA beans are the largest of the crop, followed by AB and C, the smallest. We also purchased the AB outturn from Gakuyu’ini and it has a very distinctly different taste even though it is simply a different size bean. The AA shines like a true Kenyan coffee with juicy notes of blackcurrant, blueberry and apple cider. - Jeff Brooks, Co-Owner & Green Coffee Buyer
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