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Mwiria Ab Blackcurrant / Rhubarb / Vanilla

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We’re getting a really creamy mouthfeel balanced with some tart fruit notes of Rhubarb, blackcurrant and a long vanilla finish from this new Kenyan.

Surrounded by lush forests in the scen...

Origin
Kenya
Farm
Mwiria
Process
Washed
Variety
SL28 - 34
Altitude
1600-1850 masl
Harvest
October - January

We’re getting a really creamy mouthfeel balanced with some tart fruit notes of Rhubarb, blackcurrant and a long vanilla finish from this new Kenyan.

Surrounded by lush forests in the scenic Highlands of Mount Kenya, coffee from Embu County is famed for producing some of the highest quality coffees in the world. The Central Gandori Farmer’s Co-op Society manages three wet mills here and this particular lot is from one named Mwiria. The Co-op comprises of 3000 members each farming on approxiamtely 150 hectares with roughly 200 plants.

Farming

Growing conditions for coffee here are near perfect with abundant rainfall throughout the year, especially during the flowering period and ripening of the cherry. Temperatures remain between 10-26 throughout the day, dropping much cooler at night. This drop in temperature makes the coffee produce more sugars which are stored in the cherry to protect itself, condequently resulting in more sweetness and complexity in the cup.

Processing

Water used for fermenting and washing the coffee is taken from nearby rivers. For conservation purposes it recirculated then channeled to soaking pits so as not to pollute any other water sources in the area. After washing, coffee is then hulled and sorted by size according to a system unique to Kenya. This AB is the smaller size to AA and AAA.

The Varietal

The SL28-34 varietal is synonymous with Kenyan coffee and gives us a lot of the rich, blackcurrant flavour characteristics found in this region. It is known for its rusticity meaning it can be left unattended for years and still survive. Some Kenyan SL28 coffee trees can live up to 80 years and still produce coffee; the coffee world's version of wine's vieille vignes.

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