|Notes||Pear Drops, White Grape, Ginger|
|Origin||Gacokwe Washing Station, Rango, Kayanza|
|Varietal||Bourbon, Jackson, Mibirizi|
Gacokwe washing station is located in the town of Rango in Burundi's Kayanza province. The washing station is supplied by roughly 2,000 coffee producers in the area, either directly, or to six local collection points that are affiliated to Gacokwe. Farmers here own less than half a hectare of land, on average, and in addition to growing coffee, they also grow crops like bananas, beans, yams, taro, and cassava, both for sale and for household use.
Due to the small size and yield of the average coffee farm or plot, washing stations are the primary point of purchase in Burundi. Unlike other coffee-growing regions in Central and South America where landholdings are slightly larger and coffee-centric resources are more available, most producers do not have space on their property or the financial means to do their own processing. Instead, the majority of growers deliver cherry to a facility - in this case, the Gacokwe washing station - that sorts, blends, and processes day lots to create different offerings.
Since 2006 our importing partner Cafe Imports has cupped coffees from more than 50 washing stations in an attempt to pinpoint those with the best practices, cleanest cups, and most high-quality nearby farms, with Gacokwe being one of those selected. In the cup this particular lot reminded us of boiled-sweets, particularly pear-drops, with additional notes of white-grape and ginger.
|Notes||Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Hops|
|Origin||New Kiriti Farmers Cooperative, Gondo Factory, Mathioya District, Murang'a County, Kenya|
|Varietal||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.