Kenya

Gringo Nordic

Fresh from Gothenburg’s specialty coffee scene, let us introduce Gringo Nordic Coffee Roasters as our August’s roaster!

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Gringo Nordic started roasting this year, but the team behind the roastery has many years of experience from other coffee companies such as Johan & Nyström and Gevalia. This month, we had the pleasure to ship three very special coffees.

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LA SIBERIA HONEY

Origin: El Salvador
Process: Honey
Variety: Pacamara
Altitude: 1450 masl
Flavour: Peach, mandarine & milk chocolate

The team behind Gringo Nordic have known Carmen & Rafael Da Silva, the producers of this coffee, for 15 years and visited their farms several times. Gringo Nordic describes how they always surprise them with their improvements and experiments. This micro lot is a honey processed coffee on the large sized variety Pacamara. The coffee has a sweet and soft taste of peach, mandarine and milk chocolate.

GUJI ORGANIC

Origin: Ethiopia
Process: Natural
Variety: Local heirloom
Altitude: 1800 - 2130 masl
Flavour: Fruit, sweet berries & vanilla

The small region Guji in the south of Ethiopia produces some of the worlds most exciting coffees. The quality is incredible. This natural processed coffee from small-holder farmers at Dimtu Tero is one of them. The coffee has been dried in its pulp and has got notes of dried fruit, sweet berries and vanilla. Compared to what is often found in specialty coffee, this coffee is not only produced according to organic principles, it’s also certified organic.




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KIANGAI AA

Origin: Kenya
Process: Washed
Variety: SL28 & SL34
Altitude: 1700 - 1800 masl
Flavour: Green apple, lemonade & elderflower

This fine Kenyan coffee is from the region Kirinyaga in Nyeri. 900 small-holder farmers bring their coffee to the Kiangai washing station. The coffee of the varieties SL28 and SL34 is grown in red volcanic soil, a soil rich in minerals. This coffee has notes of green apple, lemonade and elderflower. An elegant and complex coffee that tastes just as good warm as it does chilled with ice.


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October's Shipment

Last Friday, October 14th, the box of October was shipped! In the box were coffees from the roastery Rocket Bean from Riga, Latvia. Our first collaboration with a roastery from the Baltics! For this month we selected three coffees from Africa. We hope you’ll like them!

Rocket Bean packing the coffee for our subscribers

Rocket Bean packing the coffee for our subscribers

Rocket Bean roasting this month's box

Rocket Bean roasting this month's box

BURTUKAANA LOT #3

Origin: Ethiopia, Sidama
Producer: Smallholders
Process: Natural
Harvest: Dec 2015 - Jan 2016
Altitude: 1900 - 2000 masl
Varieties: Ethiopian Heirloom
Tasting notes: Dried Apricot, Melon, Toffee, Red Bilberry

Included in the 250g coffee box

Rocket Bean's words about the coffee:

"650 to 750 smallholder farmers delivering cherry to the wet mill. This washing station is located near by the river Hamile in the Southern region of Ethiopia. The local village or Kebele is called Balo. The total production from this washing station this year (2016) is 5 container of green coffee.

 

KAINAMUI #141

Origin: Kenya, Kirinyaga
Producer: Kainamui factory
Process: Washed
Harvest: Jan 2016
Altitude: 1750 masl
Varieties: SL28 & SL34
Tasting notes: Sweet Cherry, Red Currant Jam, Blackcurrant and the sweetness of the Muscovado Sugar

Included in the 2x250g coffee box

Rocket Bean's words about the coffee:

"Coffee is fully washed at Kainamui wet mill. After cherries were de-pulped, they went trough fermentation for 16-20 hours in shade.Dried on African beds for 15 days.

 

HEZA GITWE

Origin: Burundi, Kayanza
Producer: Heza Washing Station
Process: Washed
Harvest: Jul - Sept 2015
Altitude: 1960 masl
Varieties: Bourbon
Tasting notes: Raspberries, Gooseberries, Honey, Dried Plums, Red Currant

Only included in the 3x100g tasting box

 

Rocket Bean's words about the coffee:

"Heza Washing station was built by Long Miles Coffee Project, initiated by two Americans; Ben & Kristy Carlson. Heza means “beautiful place” in Kirundi. Growers – 1876 different farmers deliver to the mill, which supplies 5 different hills, or “colline”, Gitwe is one of them."

 

 

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September's Shipment

For the month of September we shipped coffees from the German roaster JB Kaffee! We hope you will enjoy them just as much as we did. These are the coffees we sent.

 

LA LUCHA
Origin: Colombia , Antioquia (Jardin)
Producer: Los Andes Coop
Process: fermented for 36 hrs, washed and sun dried
Harvest: 2016
Soil:
Altitude: 1800m
Varieties:  Caturra & Colombia
Tasting notes: grapefruit, lemon, thick

Included in the 250g coffee box

LAS LAJAS PERLA NEGRA
Origin: Costa Rica, Los Angeles, Sabanillas de Alajuela
Producer: Chacón Solano Family
Process: natural
Harvest: 2016
Soil:
Altitude: 1300 – 1500m
Varieties: Caturra
Tasting notes: dried tropical fruit, sweet, smooth

Included in the 2x250g coffee box

NYERI NDAROINI AA
Origin: Kenya, Nyeri County, Central Kenya
Producer: Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society
Process: Fully washed & dried on African beds
Harvest: 2015/16
Soil:
Altitude: 1600 - 1700m
Varieties: SL28 & SL34
Tasting notes: stonefruit, apple, gooseberry

Only included in the 3x100g tasting box

August's Shipment

August’s box was sent last Thursday! Great coffee from Koppi is now on its way to you people! We hope you will enjoy what we selected for this month. These are the coffees for August:

 

BIFTU GUDINA

Included in the 250g and 2x250g box.

Origin: Ethiopia, Goma Woreda, Agaro
Producer: Smallholders
Process: Washed
Harvest: 2016
Soil:
Altitude: 1900 - 2000 masl
Varieties: Mixed Heirloom
Tasting notes: Floral, Tropical fruits, Black Tea

 

Koppi’s words about the coffee:

"The small co-operative Biftu Gudina is one of Technoserves projects that are set up to improve the work structure at the processing stations, the quality of the coffee and the lives of the farmers. Biftu Gudina is a new co-op that was established in 2012 and thanks to a strong management the co-op produced fantastic coffee already the first year. Most of the coffee has grown at an altitude around 2000 meters, which let the cherries ripen slowly and build up a high sugar, content.

The coffee cherries are hand picked and then hand sorted for unripes and overripes before they are being processed. After sorting, the cherries are mechanically pulped and the mucilage is removed with a Penagos Eco-pulper. The coffee is left to soak in water overnight before it is washed and dried on African beds for 10 days. The wastewater is naturally filtered through Vetiver grass before it is lead back into the ground.

Shade nets cover the coffee during the warmest time of the day and over night. This is to avoid that the coffee is drying too fast.

Biftu Gudina has a very unique flavour profile with a beautiful floral aroma and a taste of tropical fruits and black tea."
 

DON OSCAR

Included in the 2x250g box.

Origin: Costa Rica, Tarrazu, San Marcos
Producer: Oscar Solis
Process: White Honey
Harvest: 2016
Soil:
Altitude: 1600-1800 masl
Varieties: Mainly Catuai & Caturra
Tasting notes: Tropical, Milk Chocolate, Almond

 

Koppi’s words about the coffee:

"The micro-mill Don Oscar is run by the brothers Horacio and Alejandro Solis. It is situated in Bajo Canet in San Marcos, Tarrazu. They mainly grow Catuai and Caturra on their farms. The coffees cherries are hand picked and hand sorted before they are being processed as white honey. Through the white honey process 95% of the mucilage is being removed mechanically before the coffee is moved to dry on raised beds for around 15 days.     

The last couple of years the young brothers have put a lot of hard work into making the production more efficient but also to produce better tasting coffees. They have been changing their growing practises resulting in coffees that are cupping several points higher than previous years. We are very excited to start working with the Solis brothers this year and are looking forward to many more."

 

KARIMIKUI AA

Only included in the tasting box.

Origin: Kenya, Kirinyaga
Producer: Smallholders
Process: Washed
Harvest: 2016
Soil:
Altitude: 1600-1800 masl
Varieties: SL28 & SL34
Tasting notes: Black Currants, Red Berries, Grapefruit

 

Koppi’s words about the coffee:

"The Karimikui Coffee Factory was established in 1966 and rests on a 6 acres piece of land serving the villages of Githureia, Gituba and Kiamugumo. Currently it is affiliated to Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS), in an area where most smallholder farmers are growing tea, not coffee. The farmers here are mainly growing SL28 and SL34, accounting for 99% of the total coffee production, while we see some occasional Ruiru 11 plants.

All coffees are pulped, dry fermented, washed, soaked and then sundried. Cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go in to production. A disc pulper removes the skin and pulp. The coffees are graded by density in to 3 grades. Grade 1 and 2 go separately to fermentation, grade 3 is considered low grade and processed separatly. The coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours under closed shade. After fermentation the coffee is washed and again graded by density in washing channels. The last step before drying is letting the coffee soak under clean water for 16-20 hours. The coffee is left to dry on raised beds between 14-16 days.

The long-term goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training, input access and Good Agricultural Practice seminars that are conducted year round. The wish is to establish a transparent, trust based relationship with the smallholder farmer, helping to support a sustained industry growth in Kenya, whilst bringing premium quality to our customers, and premium prices to the farmers."

 

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April's Shipment

April's tasting box is off! We sent three excellent coffees from Turun Kahvipaahtimo. The Kenyan coffee, Kamwangi Coop, was used by one of the contestants in the Finnish Brewers Cup. We hope you will enjoy these coffees just us much as we've had, we've selected them with care. Mahembe was Samuli's, at Turun Kahvipaahtimo, personal favourite. We love them all.

KAMWANGI COOP

Origin: Kenya, Kirinyaga
Producer: New Ngariama Cooperative Society (996 small producers) 
Washing station: Kamwangi Factory
Process: Washed
Harvest: Hand picked 11-12/2014
Drying: 12-20 days on African drying beds
Soil: Volcanic
Altitude: 1600-1800masl
Varieties: SL28 & SL34 (some K7 and Ruiru 11)
Tasting notes: Juicy, black currants, grapefruit

MAHEMBE

Origin: Rwanda, Nyagatare
Washing station: Mahembe Coffee Washing Station
Producer: Justin Musabyiama
Lot: #3600
Process: Washed
Harvest: Hand picked 05-07/2015
Drying: Sun dried up to 21 days on African drying beds.
Soil: 
Altitude: 1700-1900masl
Varieties: Bourbon
Tasting notes: Juicy, sweet, red apple and red berries.

HERNANDO GOMEZ

Origin: Colombia, Tolima, Planadas
Producer: Hernando Gomez
Farm: Bellavista
Process: Washed
Harvest: Hand picked 06-07/2015
Drying: Drying is done in a well ventilated parabolic dryer. 
Soil: 
Altitude: 1950-2050masl
Varieties: Castillo
Tasting notes: Complex tropical fruits. Ripe, fresh acidity

March's Shipment

Hi all!

March’s box is now off! Three great coffees from Jacu Coffee Roastery are now on their way to you people! We hope you will enjoy these coffees as much as we’ve done.

CHELBA

Origin: Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe, Chelba
Producer: 700 smallholders
Process: Semi Washed
Harvest: Dec 2015 - Feb 2016
Soil: Red Ground Soil
Altitude: 1800 - 2000 masl
Varieties: Mixed Heirloom
Tasting notes: Green apple & White sugar

Jacu’s words about the coffee:                    

“Around 700 smallholder farmers that live in the Gedeo zone bring their coffee to the Chelba station. Besides growing coffee, they also grow additional subsistence crops. Acacia, Podocarpes and Cordial Africana trees are grown to provide shade for the coffee plants. All the picked cherries are processed at the Chelba station with about 145 raised beds. Fruit flavors like apple and sweet citrus are found in the washed version, whereas the natural Yirgacheffe is often dominated by sweet strawberries tones. “            

MUTHEKA

Origin: Kenya, Nyeri
Producer: 200 smallholders
Process: Washed
Harvest: Nov 2015 - Jan 2016
Soil: Red Volcanic
Altitude: 1700 -1800 masl
Varieties: SL28 & SL34
Tasting notes: Earl grey with bergamot complexities

Jacu’s words about the coffee:

“The Muthuaini Factory is one wet mill in the Mutheka Farmers’ Cooperative Society in Nyeri Central Kenya. Nyeri is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Together with the neighboring region Kirinyaga, it is known world wide for coffee of the most intense, complex and flavor dense cup profiles. Nyeri has a mix of small holders and block holders with small to medium farms. The ones who don’t have their own processing equipment deliver cherries to their local Cooperative. Most of these coffees are grown under shade from Gravelia and Muringa Alloevella trees.“

NEFAS

Origin: Ethiopia, Oromia, Sidamo
Producer: Various smallholders
Process: Natural
Harvest: Nov 2015 - Jan 2016
Soil: Loamy Soil
Altitude: 1600 - 1700 masl
Varieties: Mixed Heirloom
Tasting notes: Flowery, Sweet nectar & Honey

Jacu’s words about the coffee:    

“The Nefas farm is located in the Sidama region, about 514 km from Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa. The farm area is covered by a dense forest. All coffee is 100% shade grown. The farm employs between 150-200 seasonal workers and about 50 permanent workers. Accommodation, free food and medical care are all provided to the workers. The farm won 1st place in the 2011 African Fine Coffee awards.”

 

November's Shipment

Hi all! Hope you enjoyed October month’s coffee box.

This month we are shipping coffee from The Broker Coffee Roastery from Uppsala, Sweden. We are really excited to send you this coffee for several reasons: The Broker is one of the more recently started roasters in Sweden which makes this a unique chance to get a taste of his coffee. We’ve tried all of the coffees that Johan, the founder, had available right now, and found all of them absolutely splendid. But we had to choose three.

Githiga

The first coffee is a Kenyan one from the district Murang’a, and it gets its name from the wet mill Githiga. It has been The Broker’s most popular coffee and we can definitely see why.The first time we tried this coffee it was 6 months off roast, but still, we were thrilled. We were able to get our hands on the last kilos Johan had left of this coffee. It’s a juicy coffee, tasteful but well balanced between the sweetness and acidity.

Tweega

The second coffee is called Tweega and it’s also an African coffee but this time from Tanzania. We are very glad to have the possibility to send this beautiful coffee from a country that’s not very well known for its coffee. This is a rich coffee with notes of ripe  fruits with a sweet taste.

Kiunyu

The third and final coffee is also from Kenya and is called Kiunyu. This is a new coffee and is later meant to “replace” Githiga. We absolutely loved both of them and are glad that we have the possibility to send you both. Kiunyu is a very well balanced kenyan coffee. Here you’ll find notes of pineapple and stonefruit.

 

October's Shipment

Dear blog readers,

We’ve now shipped October month’s coffee box to our subscribers! From Drop Coffee Roasters, we have carefully selected coffees from Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras.

Mugaya AA

Origin: Kenya
Region: Kirinyaga
Producer: Mutira Cooperative Society
Process: Washed
Variety: SL28 & SL34
Altitude: 1800 masl
Harvest: Dec 2014 - Jan 2015
Soil: Nitisol (red volcanic soil)
Notes: Blackcurrant & gooseberries
Roast date: 12 Oct 2015

This Kenyan coffee is from the region Kirinyaga and is processed in the Mugaya Factory, known for it’s high quality processing as well as for having great soil and a perfect altitude. It is the local farmers that deliver their coffee cherries to the wet mill. There the coffee gets graded and processed.

This coffee makes a very sweet and juicy cup, with notes of blackcurrant and gooseberries. A splendid coffee with a long and sweet aftertaste.

Aricha

Origin: Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe
Zone: Gedeo
Producer: Abye Family Business PLC
Process: Washed
Variety: Ethiopian heirloom
Altitude: 1800 - 2000 masl
Harvest: Nov - Dec 2014
Soil: Volcanic deposits
Notes: Sweet citrus & jasmin
Roast date: 12 Oct 2015

In the area of Gedeo, Yirgacheffe you find the washing station Aricha, which is also the name of the local community where it’s located. This is where 700 individual family-owned farmers deliver their coffee cherries. In these areas you find some of the most complex and intense coffees of the Yirgacheffe region.

In this juicy coffee you find notes of sweetie, jasmin and wild strawberries. If filter brewed there will pop out notes of sweet citrus.

Manuel Vallecillo

Origin: Honduras
Region: Santa Barbara
Producer: Manuel Vallecillo
Process: Washed
Variety: Pacas
Altitude: 1500 - 1600 masl
Harvest: May 2015
Notes: Peach & tonic
Roast date: 12 Oct 2015

This limited Honduran coffee is from a smaller lot than Drop Coffee usually buys from. Manuel Vallecillo is the farmer and plantation owner where this coffee is grown. His plantation is located close to the jungle in the Santa Barbara region. Coffees from this region are known for their complex and fruity notes.

Notes of peach and tonic is to be found in this coffee. It’s got a very juicy, clean and bright character. When filter brewed you might also find notes of sweet citrus and grapefruit.