This single-estate is one of our more exciting projects in Kenya. It is 100% pure SL28, dynamic, and exciting. In the cup we find a classic Kenyan profile of black currant, hibiscus, and citrus.
Kibugu, Embu County
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Hand sorted to ensure only the very best cherries are selected. Depulped. Fermented for ~24 hours. Floated through channels to sort by density and remove remaining defects. Soaked overnight in fresh water. Dried on raised beds for 15 days while continuously turned and hand sorted.
This is a very exciting single-estate from our new partnership with Raphael Prime who is essentially trying to figure out how to do micro lots in Kenya. Traditionally, one has to purchase Kenyan coffee through larger washing stations where transparency is difficult at best. Working directly with a single estate allows for better transparency, opportunities for variety separations, and potential work on soil health. This estate is run by brothers Edwin and Benson, and their mother, Esther.
“SL” is in reference to single tree selections made by Scott Agricultural Laboratories in 1935-1939. SL28 is of the Bourbon genetic group, and was selected for its drought resistance as well as its extremely high cup quality. SL28 is one of the most well-known and well-regarded varieties in Africa. It has consequently spread from Kenya to other parts of Africa as well as Central and South America. SL28 is non-hybrid, and very susceptible to disease.
The cost of getting a coffee from cherry to beverage varies enormously depending on its place of origin and the location of its consumption. The inclusion of price transparency is a starting point to inform broader conversation around the true costs of production and the sustainability of specialty coffee as a whole.