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This months theme is the variety SL-28 (named after Scott Agricultural Laboratories in Kenya; the building name of the agricultural center). It is a coffee commonly found in Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda. Originally found as a drought tolerant coffee (it can be left unattended for years and then revert back to great yield production), it has since provided growers with coffees with excellent cup quality.
In Kenya, processing typically takes the form of a "fully washed" coffee, like our Giakanja. Here, we present the opposite, a natural (uncommon practice, hence experimental) processed Kenya SL-28. We paired with a SL-28 natural grown in Costa Rica, to highlight differences in terroir.
Gatugi Wet Mill
Lot 23 - Experimental Natural
Built in 1979, the Gatugi Wet Mill has grown to 754 members. It has consistenly produced high yield, and as recent as 2014/2015, won top spot in the region's high production award. Coffee grown is predominantly SL-28, with some SL-34.
The coffee is a natural processed from variety SL-28. Only 15 bags were made in natural process. Supplied to us by La Baia Coffee Supply.
Strawberry, Black Currant, Bubblegum
A progressive farm in Costa Rica, Sonora has been in the Guardia family for over 100 years. They grow more than 20 varietals and perform several unique processing methods.
This coffee is a natural processed from variety SL-28. Introduced and supplied to us by Apex Coffee.
Central Valley, Costa Rica
Grapefruit, Plum, Guava