Elevation: 1700 masl
Varietal: SL28, SL34
Notes: Guava, Blackberry
In Kenya (and some parts of Tanzania) you’ll see a specific kind of coffee grading. The three grades in specialty coffee are based on size, AA is the largest, AB being slightly smaller. In the past, we’ve gotten AA the most often because it tends to be the sweeter and fruitier version of the coffee, but with so many naturals and honey processed coffees this year, it felt appropriate to carry the more complex and tea-toned AB grade.
This is the fourth year in a row we purchased coffee from the Gathaithi factory. It also happens to be the fourth year in a row that its placed in Dormans annual top 10 coffees competition. That's high praise! In fact, last year it took #1 overall out of thousands of lots that were cupped in Dormans labs.
Kenyan coffees are also more expensive than coffees from most other countries. This is due to the cooperative system of coffee production, processing, milling, and marketing, as well as the very refined techniques used to sort and grade their coffee, the quality of the volcanic soil in which it’s grown, the elevation of the crops, and their auction system that helps set price based on quality. Kenyan coffees are considered some of the best in the world, and the complexity of any cup will attest to that!