|Notes||Cranberry, Cinnamon, Blackberry|
|Origin||New Gikaru Farmers Cooperative Society, Thangathi Wet-Mill, Mukurwe-Ini, Nyeri, Kenya|
|Varietal||SL34, SL28, Ruiri 11, Batian|
Thangathi is one of five wet-mills that belong to the New Gikaru Farmers Cooperative Society in Nyeri County, Kenya. The cooperative is made up 1,350 members, each with an average of 200 trees. 90% of the coffee grown by the members is either SL34 or SL28, with around 7% Ruiri 11, and the rest Batian - the latter sharing its name with the highest peak of Mount Kenya, on whose slopes it grows.
The coffee cherry is handpicked when ripe, then delivered to the wet-mill the same day to ensure no uncontrolled fermentation occurs. At the mill it is sorted again, depulped and washed using river water. The coffee is then sun-dried on raised beds until optimal humidity is reached. It is then transported to the Kofinaf dry mill for hulling and bagging in preparation for export.
In the cup it is loaded with big fruit flavours, notably cranberry and blackberry, with a hint of cinnamon.
|Notes||Peach, Jasmine, Bergamot|
|Origin||Suke Quto, Guji Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia|
|Certification||Organic, Rainforest Alliance|
Occasionally a coffee comes along that just blows you away. This stunning coffee from the Suke Quto farm in the Guji region of Ethiopia is exactly that. We cupped it alongside a host of other 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 I’ve tried very few coffees that have the same intensity of flavour.
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.