Flavors of fruit punch, herbs, and grapefruit
It's easy to find a traceable Kenyan coffee of outstanding quality, but the real challenge is in the effort to build long-standing, trust-based relationships with farmers who are willing to work with us exclusively year after year. These kinds of mutually beneficial relationships are what our sourcing team is working toward and is why we have access to high-quality first lot selections. Our four-year relationship with the Gitwe Cooperative is an example of this work, and it's stronger every year. Gitwe Cooperative's three washing stations, Karatu, Kibiru, and Karinga, are all located in the Aberdare Mountains of Kiambu County, an hour outside of Nairobi. The Cooperative is extremely small by Kenyan standards at around 800 farmers. Each farmer's geographic location determines which washing station they would contribute to.
This lot comes from the Karatu washing station and was produced as the 16th lot of the season, or harvest day. Before export, coffee is sifted through screen filters and graded by bean size. The bean size of this lot is called AB. AB bean size is the second largest sized beans screened grade exported out of the country and makes up 80% of the exported size in Kenya annually.