Christopher Schooley wrote:I hate to jab a long dead horse, but this kind of reflects what some of my concerns are with using the term [i]seasonal[i] when discussng coffee.
A few years ago, a new law was passed in Kenya allowing farmers to sell their coffee directly to buyers, rather than having to tender their coffee to the auction as was the law for many years. This “second window” presented a new opportunity to farmers, and laid the groundwork for more direct commercial relationships with roasters. It was a new day in the Kenyan coffee trade! Farmers reacted with the characteristic mixture of excitement and nervousness- anything new, however exciting, can be intimidating. For the first few years, very little coffee was sold through the “second window”. The farmers who had been getting great prices at the auction for the most part decided to wait and see how everything turned out. Farmers have, over the years, gotten used to the idea, and have slowly started to provide us with samples of coffees before bringing them to the auction, giving us the option of circumventing the auction.
All this is by way of introducing our very first second window purchases this year!! While cupping the coffees from this year’s harvest, we were able to buy a number of coffees directly from the Ndaroini, Kangocho, Tegu, and Thunguri washing stations. Two lots in particular, those from Thunguri and Ndaroini, were beyond spectacular, standing head and shoulders above the rest. In standing with our model of rewarding awesome quality with awesome prices, we offered the co-ops prices commensurate with the quality of these lots. We also took the additional step of vacuum-packing the coffees in Kenya to preserve their delicate quality. All this comes together to bring you the new, microlot-level Kenyans for this year.
Thunguri, the first of these special Kenyan microlots we offer this year, is bursting with complex notes of tropical fruit, along with more traditional Kenyan notes of plum and blackcurrant. Savory takes the backseat here to sparkling acidity and clean finish, and a pleasing, juicy body. Lovers of Kenyan sunshine will fall head over heels for this coffee. I have. It’s no surprise; Thunguri is right in the magic zone of Kenyan coffee- dead south of Nyeri town and west of Karatina town. Perfect Kenyan coffee from the heart of Grand-Cru Kenya country.
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