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June Box


Washed and Anaerobic Natural Kenya

It's that time of year when we look forward to the arrival and release of a favourite origin for many coffee enthusiasts!

This month we have two Kenyan coffees to showcase the progression of coffee processing in Kenya. The first coffee is one that was released earlier this month; a classic washed coffee from the Karatina washing station sourced by Red Fox Coffee Merchants. The second is an anaerobic lot of SL28 and SL34 sourced by Jamii Coffee from Rui Ruiru washing station. An exciting example of the potential of what can come with varied processing techniques for coffees from Kenya. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to compare a classic washed Kenyan coffee with a more contemporary processing style!


Karatina AB

Washed SL28, SL34, Batian, Ruiru

From Red Fox Coffee Merchants:

"Karatina Factory is located in Barichu locale, Mathira division near Karatina town in the Nyeri County, the southern part of the famous Mt. Kenya and part of the Barichu Cooperative Society with about 1,450 smallholder farmers.

In addition to coffee, common crops grown are bananas and maize. Grevillea or macadamia trees are also planted to provide shade to the growing coffee trees."


This coffee has a lovely sweetness that inspired us to start exploring an espresso profile that may be coming at a later date.
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Sourced by Red Fox Coffee Merchants

Origin:

Nyeri, Kenya

Roast Profile:

Light Roast

Tasting Notes:

Plum, Blackberry, Black Tea

Brew:

Filter We recommend Recipe A in our brew guide

Rui Ruiru Wet Mill

Anaerobic Natural SL28, SL34

Not to be confused with the variety (Ruiru 11), Rui Ruiru is a washing station that was revived in 2020. The name in the local language means "black river".

Rui Ruiru washing station was in operation from 1963 to 2014 but had to stop its operations as farmers had stopped bringing in cherries due to non-payment. Over the years, the mill was left unattended with machinery rusting and vegetation taking over. In late 2020 Jamii Coffee undertook the project to revive the mill. They have worked hard to rebuild trust with local farmers to have preharvest contracts and offer direct price negotiation. After doing cost of production analysis with farmers they multiply the cost by 150% to determine the base price starting point. This ensures that the farmer is profitable at the farm level.
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Sourced by Jamii Coffee

Origin:

Mathira, Kenya

Roast Profile:

Light Roast

Tasting Notes:

Violet, Grapefruit, Mango, Dried Raspberry

Brew:

Filter We recommend Recipe B in our brew guide