|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.
|Notes||Raspberry, Cognac, Clove|
|Origin||Huye Mountain, Huye District, Southern Province|
It gives us great pleasure to welcome back one of our standout and most popular coffees from last year from the famous Huye Mountain washing station in Rwanda’s Southern Province.
Huye Mountain sprung to international fame with the release of 2014’s ‘A Film About Coffee’. The film tells the story of David Rubanzangabo who established the Huye Mountain washing station in 2011 with the aim of improving the quality of coffee grown in the region and consequently the plight of the smallholder farmers who grow it.
We met David at Huye Mountain in 2017 and were hugely impressed by the processes he has implemented to ensure that the coffee produced is of the highest quality. His drive for quality has brought about a big increase in the prices paid to local farmers. To encourage consistency of quality, David awards members whose coffees carry the highest cupping scores with prizes of cows (40 winners last year) and goats (60 winners last year). Such prizes make a huge difference to the lives of a farmers and their families as the animals will provide milk for around 6 years and a constant supply of organic fertiliser for the coffee trees.
During harvest season, Huye Mountain receives coffee cherry deliveries from around 1,330 producers. Typically, a smallholding in the district is just a quarter of a hectare in size (around 200 trees), and each farm produces roughly only 2 bags of coffee. The coffee grown is entirely red bourbon, which, coupled with the high altitudes (1,600 to 2,300m), delivers beautiful, complex flavours in the cup.
Historically all of the coffee at Huye Mountain was washed process, but in 2018 they started to experiment with natural and honey processes. The natural process employed at Huye Mountain involves meticulous cherry selection and hand sorting prior to drying. Drying is done on raised African beds for between 14 and 28 days, depending on the weather. The coffee is turned regularly during this time to ensure it remains free of mould and over-fermentation.
As per last year, the results are absolutely stunning. In the cup this coffee is big in body, warming, and full of fruit flavour. It is incredibly clean for a natural processed coffee with a pointed raspberry acidity and a subtle cognac booziness, alongside notes of clove, orange and ginger.
|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.