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KENYA ICHUGA
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KENYA ICHUGA

$18.00 $120.00

TASTES OF PLUM • MANDARIN ORANGE • CHERRY

WASHED PROCESS AB TOP

ICHUGA MILL, KIAMA FARMERS CO-OP, MATHIRA EAST SUB- COUNTRY.

SL28, SL34, RUIRU 11, BATIAN VARIETIES. DRIED ON RAISED BEDS.

 

This is a washed Kenya AB Top lot from Ichuga wetmill in Nyeri county. Ichuga is one of 4 wetmills - or 'factories' - operated by Kiama farmers' co-operative society. The co-op has 3,549 members, of which 690 deliver cherries to Ichuga for processing. The farmers occupy land on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya and western slopes of the Abedare range, at altitudes of 1,200 - 1,800masl. Varietals cultivated include SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 and Batian.


This coffee utilizes a traditional fully washed process using fresh water from Gathiururuko stream. Cherries are delivered to the wetmill where they undergo carful sorting to select only ripest for processing. Red ripe cherries are de-pulped and then fermented in water for 12-48 hours (depending on climatic conditions). The purpose of fermentation is two-fold: firstly to breakdown the remaining sugary mucilage, and secondly to develop more complexity in the cup. From here the coffee is washed & graded in clean water channels and then dried slowly in the sun on raised African beds for around 3 weeks.

Nyeri County has cool temperatures and fertile central highlands, lying between the Eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the Eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, western slopes of Mt. Kenya, the highest mountain in the country and second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. The combination of fertile volcanic soil, seasonal rainfall and high altitude provide the ideal climate for high quality arabica coffee cultivation. Coffee cherries in these conditions mature slowly,

contributing to increased acidity and complexity in the cup. As such, coffees from Nyeri are widely considered some of the best in the world.


 


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