Farm name/Co-op: Kigutha
Producer: Kigutha Family Cooperative
Region: Kiambu County, Kenya
Varietal: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Process: Washed, sun-dried
Elevation: 1550 meters
Kenya by far has one of the most interesting and complicated histories in coffee. Even though it shares a border with the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia, it was one of the last countries to have coffee planted there. Most of the varieties that are most popular in Kenya came from an experiment of hybridization done by a company called Scot Laboratories in the 1930’s. Over 40 varieties were created, given the first initials SL after the Lab and a corresponding number. Now, SL28, SL34 and one more varietal: Ruiru 11 make up most of the coffee that is exported from Kenya all over the world.
This particular micro lot is grown in the Kiambu County comprised of dozens of growers who work together to finish their coffee and get it ready for export. They work as the Kigutha Farmers Cooperative. Each year they submit samples of their coffee to the auction, a system that has been in place since the 1930’s. Now that there are more buyers around the world, the growers know they will be rewarded for quality as their coffee goes to the highest bidder.
Tasting Notes: juicy cherry, and notes of currant. Kefir lime acidity and round sweetness.
Roast Days are Tuesday + Thursday. Orders received before 12a Thursday will be roasted and fulfilled that day. All orders received after Thursday will be fulfilled the following week.