Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar – 2022
Taste Profile: Sweet, round, juicy red fruit and underlying black currant and dark fruit notes. Great intensity.
Origin: Kenya, Kiambu
Producer: Thiririka Farmers Cooperative Society
Variety: SL28, Ruiru 11, Batian, Sl34
Harvest date: October- December 2021
Altitude: 1600-1800 masl
Roasted by: Lippe
The Thiririka Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) has three factories: Githembe, Kiganjo, and Ndundu. At Githembe, coffee is pulped and washed, and then transported to Kiganjo for drying. Githembe has around 1,500 active farmers who grow SL 28, SL 34, and Batian coffee on clay loam soil. The harvest season is October to December, and the coffee is shipped from March to April. The factory’s annual production is 4,100 bags of coffee (60 kg each).
Processing: The processing techniques used at all three factories are the same. The cherries are sorted and then pulped, after which they are fermented for 12-14 hours. The resulting parchment is then separated into different grades, including P1, P2, P3, P lights, and pods. The P1 grade is left to soak in tanks before being taken for drying, which takes 7-14 days.