Big ripe forest fruit flavours with a zesty Lime acidity. Well balanced sweetness with dark chocolate finish.
Most coffees from Kenya are from large co-operatives of small holder farms but there are also quite a lot of mid-sized producers who can do all their own processing including the drying but don't produce a large enough volume to be able to sell the coffee on their own. So they will group together a few of these farmers to make these traceable community lots.
This unique community lot is produced by a small group of 29 selected farmers, all with their own small to medium sized farm. Typically these farmers will produce small lots anywhere between 50 and 1,500kg of coffee. Once delivered to the mill, the coffee parchment (the protective outer-layer of the cherry) is removed through de-hulling before the remaining beans are separated by quality. The best quality lots are sorted by screen size using sieves, AA being the largest, AB the medium and PB lots being the Peaberrys. The separate lots are then assessed and blended together with lots of the same quality from similarly sized farms, in order to make a lot large enough to sell in the specialty market. This small group of farms produced a total of over 10,000kg of coffee. About 30% of this is lost during the milling process, producing a total of over 7,000kg of coffee for export.
This coffee was sourced by the clever folk at Horsham Coffee Roasters from Brighton who have active direct sourcing projects with Kenya and Rwanda. Whilst chatting to Bradley the owner earlier this year at the London Coffee Festival he said he might be willing to let small amounts of some of these unique coffees go to support small micro-roasters like myself. Hey presto.
Most of the coffee grown in this area is of the SL28 and SL34 varietals. Both cultivars have Bourbon and Moka heritage and are named after the laboratory that promoted their wider distribution in Kenya during the early 20th century – Scott Laboratories, now the National Agricultural Laboratories of Kenya.
Here's a list of the 29 famers contributing to this Community lot.