Kenya Kathakwa AA- Filter Roast


Raspberry Candy
Blood Orange
Black Tea

Roasters Notes:
Our third Kenya release of the '23' crop. Sparkling berry-like acidity with a light, black tea body and clean sweetness.

REGION - Embu County
VARIETAL - SL 28, SL34, Ruiru
PROCESSING METHOD - Kenya Double Washed

Kibugu Farmers Co-operative Society
Kathakwa Coffee Factory lies on the rich volcanic soils near Mt Kenya, at a relatively high 1,600 meters above sea level.
Around 3,500 different farmers contribute coffee to Kathakwa, and their crops are mostly SL28 and SL34 varietals (Embu is one of the last counties in Kenya to adopt the newer Ruiru and Batian varietals which were developed to increase yield and added defence against pests).
Domonic, Kathakwa’s factory manager, fully documents each lot of coffee received from each farmer, and throughout its processing journey it’s identified and recorded.
At high altitude the temperature is colder and more stable, and greater levels of rainfall and fast drainage down steep mountain slopes give coffee trees very different growing conditions. These combine to slow the fruit’s maturation process and provide time for more complex sugars to develop in the fruit.
High altitudes tend to produce higher acidity and great complexity, with more florals and aromatics present. Coffee from lower altitudes tend to have more muted but sweet earthy flavours often imagined as an intense ‘coffee’ flavour.

After the coffee cherries have been picked, the cherries are depulped (skin removed) or demucilaged (skin and pulp removed).
The coffees are typically then held in “fermentation tanks” for 24 hours, allowing for a gentle controlled fermentation to cause any remaining pulp to separate from the beans. Fermentation may occur from the moment of harvest until the seeds reach an inhospitable moisture content for them (11% moisture).
After 24-hours, coffee is agitated thoroughly, then fermented a second 24-hours.
After this second day, the fermented water and remaining coffee pulp on the bean are washed off with clean water and soaked again overnight. This step is thought to encourage the coffee bean to germinate again, which contributes to extra sweetness and complexity.
The beans are finally dried for up to 21 days on raised beds until the ideal moisture content is reached.
Typically washed coffees have clean, articulate flavors; caramel or sugary sweetness; a wide spectrum of fruit acidity depending on other factors; capable of bright, crisp notes.