Profile: Blackurrant, Apple, Blood Orange, Toffee
Producer: 8 small estate owners in Kirinyaga County
Variety: Batian, Ruiru-11, SL-28 & SL-34
Region: Kirinyaga County
Importer: Sucafina Specialty
This lot from the Slopes of 8 Group is cultivated on neighbouring hills on the slopes of Mount Kenya, in Kirinyaga County. The group were a pioneering producer group, created in a farm-to-roaster sourcing model by Sucafina, who imported this lot. This model focuses on shortening the coffee value chain, aiming to empower producers. This also allows traceability to be maintained from farmer to roaster. Sucafina buys the groups' entire production, meaning they're guaranteed a good price for their entire crop. Each estate manages its harvest and processing, typically in the traditional Kenyan way of a 24hr wet fermentation after the pulping of cherry, before being fully washed and dried on raised beds for ~14 days, depending on weather conditions. The dry parchment is delivered to Kahawa Bora dry mill, owned by Sucafina Kenya, who also offers a range of support for the farmers to help improve the next year’s crop.
For our second Kenyan lot of the 2019-2020 harvest we have a more traditional profile expected from Kenyan coffees. Blackcurrant jumps out immediately on the nose, accompanied by the sweet fragrance of toffee. This follows into the cup, bringing a delicate sweetness and a juicy body fills the mouth. Blood orange brings a vibrant acidity which almost sparkles on the tongue. As the cup cools, a sharp malic acidity of green apples takes over, whilst the bitter-sweet nature of blood orange lingers.
Images Courtesy of Sucafina Europe.