Kenya, Gikirima AA Embu District - Cold Brew 250 gram
Tastes Like: Apricots, jasmine, orange sherbert, starburst and pink lemonade. Sweet with citric and apple acidity,
Intricately layered, deeply and sweetly pungent. Apricots, jasmine, orange sherbert, starburst and pink lemonade in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; full syrupy mouthfeel. The complex finish sustains all of the flavor notes from the cup, sweet flowers in particular.
The Bottom Line: A complex, richly layered, Juicy-sweet Kenya cup.
- Origin: Kenya
- Region: Embu
- Farm Various smallholder members of Kibugu Farmers Cooperative Society
- Variety: SL-28, SL-34
- Altitude: 1800 masl
- Proc. Method: Washed
- Harvest Schedule: October–December (main crop); April–June (fly crop)
- Tastes like: Apricots, jasmine, orange sherbert, starburst and pink lemonade.
The Gikirima Factory is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya, an area with an optimal balance of conditions for growing coffee. This area experiences two season of rainfall, resulting in two seasons of harvest. The main crop is harvested October through December and the fly crop harvested April through June: 80% of all coffee is picked during main crop and 20% during fly crop. Smallholder farmers in the surrounding areas pick only ripe cherries and deliver them to Gikirima where they are depulped, and fermented in a tank overnight. The coffee is then washed and placed on raised drying beds where it remains for an average period of 7–15 days, weather depending. Frequent turning and sorting of the coffee occurs while it is drying.
Gikirima has a long-term goal of increasing coffee production and establishing transparent, trust-based relationships with smallholder farmers through farmer training, agricultural practice seminars, and providing the most current printed references on sustainable farming.