Tasting notes: Incredible florals, honey, spice (reminds us of a Geisha)
Varietal: Arabica - SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian, SL-28
Process: Washed Crop: Winter 2019/2020
Altitude: 1800m SCA: 87
Roast style: Filter
Kamwangi sits under the greater New Ngariama Cooperative Society. There are about 1800 farmers in total who can deliver to the factory, but not all of them are active. The New Ngariama Cooperative is known for giving back a big portion of the premiums to the producers, and they also provide financial support for school fees and farming needs.
Each lot consists of coffees from hundreds of smallholders from the area surrounding the washing station (factory). The team at the factory sort the cherries before they go into production. The coffees are traditionally processed with dry fermentation, before being washed and graded in channels, and dried on raised beds. The farmers mainly grow SL28 and SL34, but as with almost all Kenyan cooperative coffees, there can be a mix of everything. Other common cultivars are K7, Ruiru 11 and now also Batian. We paid a generous $14.25USD per kg (raw/unroasted) on this one (before weight loss & every other expense). That is significantly higher than the commodity price of coffee at the moment (currently $2.54 USD per kg on 25/4/20). That said pricing is only part of this story. We believe that effective sustainability will come from trust building relationships with farmers and this is why we love working with Nordic Approach to source most of our coffees like this one.
We particularly liked this because it stood out when we were picking new coffees for the Roastery and like most Kenyans was expensive, but this exuded a quality to it which made it worth buying. This is most definitely recommended for the coffee connoisseur who will enjoy their coffee black. We suggest brewing with a filter brewer like an Aeropress, V60 or Kalita Wave on this one.
P.S. For the coffee nerds this was roasted as a 5kg batch on our 15kg machine. Why? Better temperature control and we also find better clearer flavours when the BTU to batch size ratio is higher. The first 60kg bag of this amazing stuff went so quickly we decided to invest another $855 on one last bag.