Summer started early in Europe this year, as June arrived we had already had a couple of months of summer’s heat. Luckily, June’s box tasted just as good cold as it did warm. For the month of June our featured roastery is Fortitude Coffee Roasters from Edinburgh, UK.
Fortitude Coffee roasters roasts all their coffees on a red Diedrich roaster. This is where the magic happens. Their first production roast hit the shelves late 2016. They have since roasted coffee of splendid quality.
This coffee has been dried in the sun on so called ”African drying beds” for approximately 12-15 days. In the daytime the cherries need to be raked permanently in order to ensure a consistent drying process. In the daytime, it will be covered from 12 to 3 pm in order to protect from hot sun, as well as, when the night comes, the beds are carefully covered to protect it from rainfall.
La Palma is the town closest to the farms of this coffee’s both producers. Both farmers are members of the El Santuario Association which works with small scale producers in Catamarca to expand the presence of high quality Caturra, Typica and Bourbon. Large capacity solar tents will be installed to give producers a greater drying capacity since the climate in northern Peru is often wet and unpredictable.
Ngugu-ini Factory is part of the Kibirigwi Cooperative Society, together with another 8 washing stations. While the society is registered in Karatina Town (part of Nyeri), the factory is actually situated on the Ngugu-ini and Kiania Road side of the county line. The factory has 1,450 active members, making it the second largest cooperative in Kirinyaga County.
We hope you've enjoyed June's box!