Notes: Pomegranate, Raw Sugar
Origin: Karatina, Nyeri, Kenya
Cooperative: Many smallholder farmers Surrounding the town of Karatina
Importer: Red Fox Coffee Merchants
Processing: Triple Washed
Altitude: 1600 masl
Harvest: Winter 2019/2020
Varieties: SL28, SL34, Ruiri 11, Batian
At the base of Mount Kenya, fertile volcanic soil and freshwater streams fill the landscape. While fertile terroir is ideal, most would agree cup quality comes from Kenya’s notable commitment to processing cherry. The entire regimen is sometimes referred to as the 72 hour process, a triple ferment process where the third stage utilizes fresh water to remove any lingering fruit. Farmers are encouraged to become members of a cooperative, which markets and sells coffee on the whole communities behalf. Most farmers in Kenya are smallholders and typically produce enough cherry for just a few bags. Washing stations are often called ‘factories’ and play an enormous role in the quality of the final product.
Ndimaini factory is located just 5 kms from the central town of Karatina. A total of 1,143 coffee producers from three communities provide coffee cherry to the factory.
Kenyan coffee is undeniable: unique, powerful flavors that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Using our extensive network, we selected a small volume of the absolute best of the best. Flavors tend to run the full sensorial gamut — from dark fruits to refreshing citrus, from raw honey to dark muscovado sugar, and from a syrupy mouthfeel to a mouthfeel of fresh cream.