Owner: Cooperative Members
Variety: SL28, SL34
Altitude: 1600 - 1800 MASL
This is the coffee that Tom our Roastery Manager used in the UKBC Heats. It's a stellar coffee. A true example of a beautiful Kenyan coffee.
The Kathakwa factory is situated between the Kii and Rupingazi rivers on the slopes of Mount Kenya in Embu. Varietals are mainly the classical SL 28 and SL 34 and the altitude ranges from 1,600 to 1,800 metres above sea level. The combination of rich volcanic soil at good altitude and the best varietals bring plenty to the cup; complex and blackcurrant nuanced flavour with intense citrus acidity. At the Kathakwa factory the coffee cherry is washed and pulped. This initially separates the dense beans from the immature ‘mbuni’s (floaters) using water floatation which means the denser beans will sink and be sent through channels to the fermentation tank. This first stage of fermentation will last for around 24 hours, after which the beans are washed and sent to the secondary fermentation tank for another 12-24 hours.
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