Kirura AB - Kenya (250g) - Workshop Coffee
Enjoy a bright, layered and tangy cup, dominated by notes of grapefruit, mandarin & dried cranberry. Crab-apple jelly & rosehips linger in the finish.
Producer: Komothai C.G.C.S.
Region: Karenge, Kiambu County
Variety: SL28, SL34, Batian, Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1850 m.a.s.l.
Grind: If you need your coffee ground, let us know in the "Note to Seller" at checkout.
"This tiny AB parcel produced at the Kirura coffee washing station in Kenya’s Kiambu County stood out for its wealth of tart, citrus flavours.
Several hundred coffee farmers tending to a mixture of SL28 and SL34, as well as pockets of Batian and Ruiru 11, deliver their coffee cherries to the Kirura coffee washing station. Scattered throughout Kiambu County along the southern slopes of the Aberdare mountain range those farmers affiliated with the Komothai Coffee Growers’ Co-operative Society (C.G.C.S) decide which washing station to deliver their harvested fruit to. Typically the soils are rich in clay and the altitudes span from 1,750 to 1,900 metres.
The Washing Station:
At the Kirura coffee washing station workers sort through the coffee cherries by hand before they are depulped. The sugary, mucilage covered parchment coffee then ferments under water for 24 hours before being run through grading channels that sort the coffee by density. Once scrubbed and fully washed and clean the coffee is put out to sun dry on raised beds for between 10 and 14 days.
The Coffee Growers’ Co-operative Society:
Komothai C.G.C.S operate 13 coffee washing stations in Kiambu County: Riakahara, Gathiruini, Barikongo, Kagwanja, Kirura, Korokoro, Githongo, Thiururi, Kaibu, New Thuita, Kanake, Gatuyu and Kamuchege. We were able to cup through selections from a handful of these stations, but a lot of the names are new to us, including Kirura. This AB selection stood out head and shoulders above a lot of AA grade lots from these other stations as well as coffees from Nyeri and Kirinyaga, where we typically look for Kenyan coffees that resonate with our preferred profiles. Founded in 1959, Komothai is a relatively old society, but they are working to empower a new generation, employing young managers around 30 years old at each washing station."
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