BLACKCURRANT, GREEN APPLE, STONEFRUIT
This unique Kenyan coffee is the result of contributions by about 750 farming families to their cooperative washing station called Kathima. The cooperative society of Thambana oversees this factory, and two others in the region, representing a total of about 3,000 farmers.
Kathima is located in Embu County, situated to the east of the more commonly seen growing regions Nyeri and Kirinyaga, but still within a stone’s throw of Mount Kenya. In all of Africa, only Kilimanjaro tops the maximum elevation of Mount Kenya.
Smallholders like those that contribute to Kathima Factory tend to measure their plots by number of trees rather than acreage, averaging around 250 coffee plants per plot. Many are inter-cropping to improve the biodiversity of the region and the security of their harvest, planting banana, grevillea, and macadamia in addition to coffee. Kenya’s auction system elevates the value of exceptional coffees, and keeps the country’s coffee margins high, stable, and independent of the volatile C Market.
- Roast: Light
- Producer: 750 smallholder farming families organized around the Thambana Cooperative Society’s Kathima Factory (washing station)
- Harvest: December – March
- Varietal: SL-28, SL-34
- Processing method: Fully Washed and Sundried
- Region: Embu, Kenya
- Elevation: 1900m
- Brewing Method Suggestions: Versatile, Filter Machine, V-60 Pour Over, Chemex, Plunger (French Press), Aeropress, Siphon & Espresso
Whole Beans, Espresso, Filter, French Press, Stove Top, Aeropress, Pour Over, Vacuum Pot, Chemex