Co-operatives in Kenya have long been a necessity in coffee operations. Many people farm a small garden of trees by their house, and when the fruit is ripe, they deliver the coffee cherry to the wet mill run by a co-operative for processing. This system creates unique complex flavors in coffees, as each lot might be from as many as 700-1000 farmers contributing at one time.
Estate farming is much more rare. As coffee trees are growing, every tree is fertilized the same way, every tree is irrigated the same, and every coffee cherry is sorted and harvested in the same way. As the batches are collected for de-pulping, washing, and drying, they're all handled in the exact same manner.
If cooperatively processed coffees give us a way to experience the wide variety of flavors in a coffee through diversification, estate coffees in Kenya give us a specific representation of location and place.
We love the concentrated berry flavors of Gacibi paired with a unique maltiness. The intensity of Gacibi’s flavor profile is extremely indicative of an estate grown coffee: an absolute unique perspective and a beautiful coffee.
relationship: new, partnered through importer
farm type: small estate
processing: fully washed,dried on raised beds
variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Elevation: 1500-1800 masl
Taste notes: elderberry, blackberry jam, plum, black tea
12 oz / 340 g. Whole bean.
Orders placed by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday will roast and ship the next day. Thank you!
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