TASTING: Lime candy, blackberry, vanilla
GROWERS: Gatomboya smallholders, Barichu Cooperative Society
ORIGIN: Nyeri, Central Highlands
VARIETIES: SL-34, SL-28
ELEVATION: 1,800 masl
PROCESS: Fully washed
HARVEST: October 2017 - January 2018
Net wt. 10oz (285g)
We're very excited to finally offer what we consider to be one of the best coffees, from one of the top growing regions in the world! If you drink East African coffees you know that the melange and complexity of flavors can be astonishing. Our Gatomboya AA tastes like lime candy, blackberries, vanilla, baking spice, and guava!!!
The Nyeri, Central Highlands region of Kenya has both the altitude and fertile volcanic soil in the southern foothills of Mt. Kenya requisite to grow top lot coffee cherries. Gatomboya Factory (washing station and wet-mill) use the fresh water of the Gatomboya stream for fermentation and rinsing. Gatomboya collects cherries from over 600 smallholder farmers (0.4 hectare average) with a total production of 350 metric tonnes of cherries per year. They in turn are part of a larger Kenyan collective, known as the Barichu Cooperative Society, which has over 5,800 registered members and averages production between 3-5 million kilograms of coffee per year.
The biggest advantage Kenya has in having so many small farms is that growers can focus on quality while cooperatives can transparently negotiate better prices to sell the coffee. It's not unusual for top-lot beans in Kenyan to return 80-90% of the proceeds back to the smallholder farmers via their cooperatives, this in turn keeps the incentive for coffee quality high.
Roasting and Shipping Schedule:
Coffee is roasted on Wednesdays. If you order anytime up until 11pm Tuesday, we will roast the next day and ship on Thursday. Orders received after 11pm Tuesday may not get roasted until the following week. If we have extra inventory, we will ship ASAP. Email us at shippingwoes (at) vibrantcoffeeroasters.com if you have questions about when your order will be roasted and/or shipped.