Kenya Ichuga AB (200g)
Sweetly and deeply pungent. Black currant, tangerine, roasted cacao nib, cherry, a hint of savory black sage in aroma and cup. Balanced acidity full cushiony mouthfeel. Resonant, flavor-saturated finish of pomelo and mandarin.
STATION : ICHUGA
This coffee utilises a traditional fully washed process using fresh water from Gathiururuko stream. Cherries are delivered to the wetmill where they undergo careful sorting to select only the 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.
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.
ICHUGA AB arrived to our hands from the company Olam Specialty coffees. Olam coffees is a sourcing company focusing solely on high quality green coffees. They do the groundwork to identify, improve, select, and import the best coffees from the most interesting origins. Every coffee they buy or forward to a client is selected based on the cup profile. They believe that transparency through the chain and premiums going back to the producers is the only way to achieve the best collaboration. Collaboration with olam started 2 years ago and many of our coffees are based to their quality of transparency.
ARRIVED IN:60kg Ecotact
FLAVOR:Cherry, Black Currant
FINISH:Wine, Pomelo, tangerine
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, and the 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 provides 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.