Kenya - Othaya Gura - Lot #8

Tasting Notes: Nectarine, Bergamot, Floral
A real stunner!  Reminiscent of top Ethiopia Yirgacheffe lots -- floral aroma with notes of nectarine, bergamot, and a refined acidity.

Category:Africa Single-Origin
Type:Arabica (Varieties: primarily SL28, SL34)
Process:Fully washed, water fermented, sun dried on raised beds
Micro Lot: 12TY 0008
Net Wt.: 12oz

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: This is a small lot and is expected to be available for a short time only

THE ORIGIN
Country:Kenya
Region:Nyeri County
Community:Othaya
Cooperative:Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society
Micro Mill: Gura Wet Mill
Harvest Season: October – January
Altitude: 1752 M (5694 ft)
Soil: Red Volcanic Loam
Process: Fully Washed, Water Fermented, Sun Dried on Raised Beds

Process Methodology
The ripe cherries are fermented in water for 12 – 24 hours, washed with clean spring water, soaked for another 12 – 24 hours, pulped, and then sun dried on raised beds for 2-3 weeks. After the moisture content has been reduced to 10-12%, the coffee is sent to the farmer cooperative dry mill where its goes through the final stages of production, including removal of the parchment, sorting by density and screen size, and grading and classification.

Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society
Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society Limited is situated about 150km north of Kenya's capital (Nairobi) in the town of Othaya within the county of Nyeri. Othaya is sandwiched between the Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare Ranges, at an altitude of 1828 meters (approximately 6000 feet) above sea level.

The Society was registered in 1956 as a coffee marketing society with an initial membership of 250 farmers. Currently, the Society has 17 local wet mills that serve local communities.  They have a total membership of 11,000 small scale farmers and is run by a management committee of its farmer members.

The Society has coffee nurseries for coffee seedlings and store outlets in each of the wet mills for provision of farm inputs. The Society also has a shared dry mill, owned by the farmer members.

Gura Wet Mill
Gura Wet mill is on the banks of the Gura River (said to be the fastest river in Africa) on the adulating slopes of the Aberdare Ranges. The area is on latitude 00.51807° South and longitude 036.99179° East very close to the equator but at high elevation. Coffee is pulped using water from Gura river.  This mill supports about 20 farms with a total of 104 acres (about 5 acres per farm) at 1752 M (5694 ft).  They grow only Arabica coffee and mostly SL28 and SL24 varieties along with some Ruiru and Batian.  The area has red volcanic soils that are rich in phosphorus and are well drained which is perfect for growing the characteristic Kenyan coffee. 

SINGLE-ORIGIN COFFEES
These are very high-quality specialty coffees with unique flavor profiles.  They are sourced in small lots from individual farms or community cooperatives and micro mills that support a small group of family farms. These coffees have very unique flavor profiles associated with the specific variety, location, and processing.  They are also known as “traceable” meaning that the origin of each lot can be traced to specific growers, varieties, elevations, and locations. Each micro lot of green coffee is assessed, graded, and selected based on quality and tasting characteristics.