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9. Thirikwa PB – Kenya Espresso

Red Currant, Gooseberry, Vanilla

This berry-forward coffee from the Thirikwa Project in Kirinyaga in Kenya has a fantastically fruity sweetness with an intense, lime-like acidity. The body is juicy and the berries reappear in the finish as a a sweet aftertaste that makes this coffee incredibly moreish.

Cultivation

Grown with love by great farmers. 100% arabica coffee, picked when it's ripe, processed with care, and fairly traded.

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About the Coffee

Red Currant, Gooseberry, Vanilla

Score: 89
Sweetness: 4/5 Tropical
Acidity: 5/5 Lime
Mouthfeel:
4/5 Juicy and tropical
Body:
4/5 Berry sweetness

Variety: SL28/SL34
Processing: Washed
Harvesting Year: 2022
Drying Time: About 10-14 days in the sun


Suggested brew recipe:
1:2.5 (eg 19g coffee to a 47.5g yield of espresso) in 30-35 seconds

About this coffee

This washed Kenyan coffee is among the best we've tasted from Kenya in recent years. The farmers are primarily growing SL28 and SL34 varieties, but as with most African coffees, the sheer genetic diversity in the region means there is a lot of cross-pollination and many coffees are unique heirloom varieties. As such, there will always several unknown coffees in the mix, making each year's harvest unique.

We really enjoy the clarity of the coffee, which is achieved through the washed process, which allows the fruity notes of currants and apples really shine through, giving the coffee a tropical sweetness.

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The farm | Thirikwa Cooperative

The Thirikwa cooperative is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya in Kirinyaga, just north of the capital, Nairobi. The cooperative brings together around 1550 farmers, who produce around 250 tonnes of coffee together. The cherries are picked by hand by the farmers, who then transport them to the Gakuyuini mill where they are sorted and pulped. Clean river water is used in the mill to wash the fruit flesh away, which is then recycled back into the local water system. The coffee is then dried on raised beds in the sun, before being delivered to the dry mill for further processing.

Relationship:
Project Coffee
Producer:
Thirikwa Cooperative
Type of farm:
Cooperative

Region, Country: Kirinyaga, Kenya
Altitude:
1700 masl
Soil type: Fertile volcanic soils
Fertilisation method: organic
Shade type: Shade grown
Processing location:
Gakuyuini Mill
Number of varieties: Various
Harvest season:
Nov-Dec



About the farm

The Thirikwa cooperative is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya in Kirinyaga, just north of the capital, Nairobi. The cooperative brings together around 1550 farmers, who produce around 250 tonnes of coffee together. The cherries are picked by hand by the farmers, who then transport them to the Gakuyuini mill where they are sorted and pulped. Clean river water is used in the mill to wash the fruit flesh away, which is then recycled back into the local water system. The coffee is then dried on raised beds in the sun, before being delivered to the dry mill for further processing.

Espresso läuft durch Siebträger in 19grams Tasse

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