We are happy to welcome our one Kenya offering of 2018 from the Karagoto Factory in Nyeri. The factory belongs to the Tekangu Farmers Cooperative Society, with 2000 farmers (a quarter of which are female) delivering SL 28 and SL 34 coffee varieties to be processed (fully washed) at the factory.
This coffee was sourced for us by Collaborative Coffee Source, who tells us the famous Nyeri region "is known for its fertile soils, which are rich in organic matter, and have a high water retention capacity. The soil has good structure, providing for good drainage and aeration for coffee shrubs. In addition, the Nyeri region receives abundant rainfall throughout the year."
The Karagoto factory places a high emphasis on quality and sustainable practices, and works to re-use water and coffee pulp to maintain soil structure. According to CCS, "Great care is taken to ensure bean quality, through colour checks, proper fermentation processes, and slow sun drying."
The AB lots from Karagoto contains slightly smaller beans than the largest AA lots, but this doesn't at all mean a decrease in quality, as the AB lots cupped as high or higher than it's AA counterparts. While the overall flavor profile of this coffee is balanced, we think there is a lot of complexity in flavor in this washed coffee, with prominent notes of grapes, tomatoes and, berries, alongside really pleasant citric acidity and a floral aroma and finish.