Kenya Murang'a Kahuhia AB Washed
This is a washed Kenya AB top lot from the Kahuhia wetmill in Murang'a county. Kahuhia is one of 4 wetmills - or "factories" - operated by Kahuhia farmers' cooperative society. The co-op has 2,995 members, of which 510 actively work with Kahuhia factory and contribute to this lot. The farmers occupy land on the south-eastern slopes of Mount Kenya and western slopes of the Abedare range, at altitudes of 1,600-1,800 masl. Varietals cultivated include SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 and Batian.
The coffee utilises a traditional fully washed process using fresh water from the river Gathamba. Cherries are delivered to the wet mill where they undero careful sorting to select the ripest for processing. Red ripe cherries are de-pulped and then fermented in water 12-48 hours(depending on climatic conditions). The purpose of the fermentation is two-fold: firstly to break down the remaining sugary mucilage, and secondly to develop more complexity in the cup. From here the coffee is washed and graded in clean water channels and then dried slowly in the sun on raised African beds for around 3 weeks.
Murang'a County has cool temperatures and fertile highlands, lying between the eastern base of the Aberdare(Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the Eastern end of the great Rift Valley, and the south-western slopes of Mount Kenya. The combination of fertile volcanic soil, seasonal rainfall and high altitude provide the ideal climate for coffees characterised by high acidity, full body and ripe fruit flavours.
Subregion: Kahuhia District
Farm Name: Kahuhia Farmers' Cooperative Society
Wet Mill: Kahuhia
Processing Desciption: Fully Washed and dried on raised African beds
Plant Species: Arabica
Variety: Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
Coffee Grade: AB Top
Growing Altitude: 1600-1800m
Cupping Notes: This coffee displays Tangerine, lime and apricot.