Don Santa - Kenya

Notes Cranberry, Cinnamon, Blackberry
Origin New Gikaru Farmers Cooperative Society, Thangathi Wet-Mill, Mukurwe-Ini, Nyeri, Kenya
Altitude 1,400-1,600m
Varietal SL34, SL28, Ruiri 11, Batian
Process Washed

This year Don Santa has brought us this wonderful coffee from the Thangathi wet mill in Nyeri, Kenya - and with tasting notes of cranberry, cinnamon and blackberry, it's nigh on ideal for the festive season!

Thangathi is one of five wet-mills that belong to the New Gikaru Farmers Cooperative Society. 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.

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