ABOUT THIS COFFEE:
FACTS & FIGURES:
Variety: SL28, Ruiru 11
Processing: Fully Washed
Producer: Gathaithi Farmers Co-operative Society
Harvest: October 2017 - January 2018
Jammy blackcurrant, fruits of the forest and dark cherry flavours give way to a cola like body with some light citrus and floral notes on the finish.
It’s hard to find many coffees that are better than a classic Kenyan AA for filter coffee brewing and this lot from the Gathaithi Farmers Co-operative in Nyeri County is a perfect example.
We visited Gathaithi back in January after cupping their coffee in Nairobi as it was our pick of the many AA lots we tasted. The washing station or ‘coffee factory’ as they are known in Kenya is the sole washing station of the Gathaithi Farmers Co-operative Society and processes all of the coffee of its 1,250 smallholder farmer members.
The co-op produces around 400,000 tons of green coffee annually with around 20% of this production being specialty grade or P1 as its known in production terms. Production was tough this year as there were significant droughts around harvest season, one of the inevitable effects of climate change we are seeing more and more in coffee producing areas.
AA refers to the size of the beans after they have been graded, with AA being the largest- and widely considered to be- best beans. This is not necessarily always the case but AA lots tend to have the most interesting cup profiles and the signature juicy blackcurrant acidity that Kenyan coffee is so prized for.
The coffees delivered to Gathaithi are ‘95% SL 28’ according to Peter the factory manager. These classic SL varieties are the most desirable in terms of cup profile but as climate change increases the risk of coffee leaf disease, rust farmers must now grow some Ruiru or Batian varieties as well. These disease resistant varieties tend to have a less refined cup profile but give the farmers some security.