Kenya Gathaithi Lot #21 AB
Our first Kenya from this year’s harvest from Nyeri. It’s a blend of all three common varieties - SL-28 and 34, Ruiru 11 and Batian and grown at between 1220 and 2300 masl. 1117 smallholders bring their cherries to the Gathaithi washing station before it is washed processed and sorted. In our search for Kenyan coffees that brought a smile to our faces, this one hit the mark. It’s blackcurrant, cane sugar sweet and citrus refreshing.
We have written about the SL varieties before but this lot also contains about 5% Ruiru 11. This variety is named after the station at Ruiru in Kenya where it was developed in the 70’s and then finally released in ‘86. It’s becoming more popular because of its resistance to Coffee Berry Disease and Leaf Rust while producing a good cup profile due to a backcrossing with our friends SL 28 and 34. They are both so tasty that even Tim Wendelboe wants to grow them on his farm in Colombia.