|Notes||Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Hops|
|Origin||New Kiriti Farmers Cooperative, Gondo Factory, Mathioya District, Murang'a County, Kenya|
|Varieties||SL28, SL34, Ruiri 11, Batian|
This stunning micro-lot from the New Kiriti Farmers Cooperative in the Mathioya District of Kenya was the highlight of this year's London Coffee Festival and was the only coffee we committed to buying right there on the spot. Sometimes a coffee comes along that is so damn tasty that you just have to get it to share with your customers, no matter the cost. Last year it was the beautiful Suke Quto from Ethiopia. This year, this is that coffee! It has all the classic hallmarks of great Kenyan coffee with intense fruit flavours, but it is also incredibly clean with a hoppy bite that made it stand out from the other Kenyans that we cupped.
The Gondo factory is owned and operated by the New Kiriti Farmers Cooperative which has 560 members. The coffee is picked and brought to the factory the same day for selection and separation, and is hand-sorted before de-pulping begins. The ripe cherries are washed using fresh water from the nearby Kananahu stream, and the coffee is sun-dried on raised beds.
|Origin||Suke Quto Farm, Guji Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia|
|Certification||Organic, Rainforest Alliance|
|Notes||Peach, Jasmine, Bergamot|
We are delighted to welcome back for a second year one of our favourite coffees. Last year this stunning organic and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee from the Suke Quto Farm in Ethiopia completely blew us away on the cupping table. We cupped it alongside a host of other Ethiopian coffees, and the moment we tried it there were no words, just a knowing look between myself and Mike that here was something special. It had all the hallmarks of high-grade washed Ethiopian coffee, with beautiful florals and notes of peach and bergamot, but with an intensity of flavour that elevated it above its rivals. This year's crop is no different and it is a pleasure to be able to share this beautiful coffee with you all again.
The Suke Quto farm was set up by Tesfaye Bekele following a bushfire in the area. In order to conserve the remaining forest he distributed coffee and shade tree seedlings amongst the local community and recruited out-growers to replant the forest. The out-growers harvest the coffee and deliver it to the Suke Quto Farm for processing. With a background in agronomy, horticulture and quality control, producing sustainable, high-quality coffee is at the heart of what Tesfaye is trying to achieve. The farm is organic and Rainforest Alliance certified and participates in revered importer Trabocca’s “Cherry Red” scheme which rewards Ethiopian farmers for hard work and innovation. The quality of the cup is testament to just how much of each has gone into creating this absolutely stunning lot.