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Kenya Ichuga AB

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    Kenya Ichuga AB
    • Country: Kenya
    • Region: Nyeri County
    • Producers: Kiama FCS
    • Altitude: 1790 MASL
    • Variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian
    • Processing: Washed
    • Roasted for: Espresso & Filter
    Tasting Note: Honey blossom, lime, mandarin, white tea

    This coffee has a really silky mouthfeel, medium body with tasting notes of honey, florals, lime and white tea.

    Roast to Order:
    • Roast: Every Monday
    • Dispatch: 1-3 days after roasting
    • Whole bean only
    Recommended Recipes:

    Espresso: 
    20g:60g, 21-23 seconds, 94°C. (1:3 ratio)

    V60:
    15g:250g, 3 pulses, 2:30-2:45 minutes, 96-98°C. (1:16.5 ratio) 

    Batch Brew:
    94-96°C. (1:16 ratio)

    Background:

    Ichuga is a washing station located near Mt. Kenya National Park, in the Karatina Municipality of Kenya’s Nyeri County. It is one of four active washing stations – along with its sister factories, Kiangundo, Gachuiro and Kiamaina – owned by the Kiama Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Society (FCS). Kiama FCS was formed in 2005 when two existing cooperatives merged into one. Most of their 2,100 farmer members inherited their farms from their parents who were members of those cooperatives. Kiama now owns four washing stations in Nyeri, along with a cherry collection point, Inwagi. Kiama supports its farmer members by offering pre-harvest financing, allowing them to plan and invest in the upcoming crop.

    The coffees in this lot are grown on the foothills of the extinct volcano, Mt Kenya, in an area defined by its bright red, nutrient-rich, volcanic soil, high elevations and cool climate, all of which contribute to the outstanding quality of coffees produced here. Most farmers in Nyeri are smallholder cooperative members – with farm size averaging just half a hectare – and grow coffee as a cash crop alongside food crops like banana, maize, macadamia, avocados and vegetables. Tea and dairy are also important sources of income for the producers.

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