Like many of our favorite Kenyan coffees, Karuthi comes to us from the esteemed Othaya Farmers Co-Op, known for its progressive spirit and empowering influence on local farmers. As such, Karuthi carries the same outstanding fruity vibrancy and crisp acidity that Kenyan coffees are known for. This lot in particular takes the Kenyan flavor a step further, welcoming in a red wine texture akin to Sangria, that will lend well to those undergoing summer withdrawals.
Othaya Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society
SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11
1,220 - 2,300 Meters
October - December
Rhubarb, Clementine, Sangria
When describing Kenyan coffees, it’s difficult to overlook the vibrant tropical fruit flavors and citrus-fruit acidities like those found in this lot of Karuthi. While some credit must be given to the mountainous micro-climates clinging to the slopes of Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare mountain range; and other to the exclusive and unique SL-28 and SL-34 cultivars that flourish here; none would be realized if not for the proprietary “doublefermentation” that sets Kenyan coffees apart.
At the end of a day’s worth of deliveries from small-holder farmers, ripe cherries are diskpulped and soaked for up to 24 hours. After the initial fermentation, the coffee is flushed with fresh water to wash-away debris before undergoing a second fermentation of the same length. This second period of fermentation is what’s said to account for the dynamic and undeniable acidities characteristic of Kenyan coffees. After both soaking periods are complete, coffee is densitysorted in washing channels before drying on raised beds for as many as three weeks.
This lot is a selection of the grade-AA beans from the members of the Karuthi Factory. During the dry-milling process, coffee bean size is measured with an assortment of screens with holes of varying diameters. Grade-AA coffees are comprised of only the largest beans in the lot.
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