Kenya Kirinyaga GAKUYU INI AA

  • Violet, Marsepan, Yellow Prunes
  • Refreshing Acidity
  • Notes of Elixir d’Anvers Liquor

Variety: SL 28/SL 34

Soil: Red Volcanic

Processing: Fully washed & dried on African beds

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: This AA was my favourite coffee on our buying trip earlier the year. Certainly the sparkling acidity was something we didn’t taste in a very long time.

During the harvest, farmers selectively handpick the ripest, reddest cherries, which are then delivered to the cooperative’s wet mill on the same day. Cherries are hand sorted prior to pulping, with damaged and under ripe cherries being separated out from the red, ripe lots, and are further defined into lots according to quality. After pulping the coffee is fermented for between 12 to 16 hours. After fermentation, the coffee is washed in clean, fresh river water to remove all traces of mucilage before being delivered through sorting channels to dry on raised beds.

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Brazil Sul de Minas PE DE CEDRO Estate

  • Full bodied
  • Smooth and balanced cup
  • Notes of Chocolate, grapes and raisins

Producer: Edson Morais de Barros

Processing: Natural

Variety: Yellow Bourbon

Location: Pouso Alto

Altitude: 1000 – 1250m

Exporter: Cocariva

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: Every year we try to pick one or two typical Brazilians coffees, mainly with the focus on espresso brewing.

This years pick is a smooth but powerful Yellow Bourbon produced in an environmental friendly way at the slopes of the Serra da Mantiqueira mountains. All beans are picked by hand and the processing, with state-of-the-art machinery, starts the same day of the harvesting. This all brings quality up and that you can taste in your cup.

THIS COFFEE IS FORSEEN FOR DECEMBER 2017

Burundi Kayanza GAHAHE

  • Chewing gum flavors
  • Very fruity after taste
  • Nice medium acidity

Variety: Bourbon

Altitude: Around 1700 masl

Picking: Only the ripest cherries, by hand

Washing Station Manager: Greenco

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

 

Rob Says: Since a couple years, a lot more focus is being put on how to limit potato taste defect in the cup. Since it is generally accepted that a strong selection drastically reduces the number of affected beans, washing stations all across the country focus on better selection methods. A campaign was launched from the national coffee institute as well to encourage producers to float their cherries in the river before they bring it to the washing station. This has motivated producers to select their cherries on maturity and through flotation before they make the journey to the closest washing station. This way, they meet Greenco’s quality standard and they can benefit from their good cherry price which sits above the national minimum.

WE EXPECT TO START ROASTING THIS LOT THE FIRST WEEKS OF DECEMBER 2017

Burundi Kayanza NEMBA

  • Very subtle fruity cup
  • Nice creamy/oily mouthfeel
  • Notes of green wine gum and grapes

Variety: Bourbon

Processing: Washed

Average rainfall: 1 345 mm/year

Soil Type: Hygro-Xéro-Ferralsols with Ferralic

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: This washing station run by Fabien Nyambere was found in 1993 in the Kayanza commune of Muruta, not far away from the Rwandan border.

Kayanza is our favorite region in Burundi. 3 of the 5 Burundian coffees we bought in 2016 were from this region. They have perfect growing conditions in Kayanza and lots of knowledgeable people to help with harvesting and processing. Although we see popping up some dry-processed coffees left and right in Kayanza, we still prefer the classic washed version.

WE EXCPECT TO START ROASTING THE NEMBA THE FIRST WEEKS OF DECEMBER 2017

Rwanda Ngororero MATYAZO

  • Very sweet and clean cup
  • Notes of Lime
  • Floral and Tea elements

Variety: Bourbon

Processing: Washed microlot

Water source: Mountain natural spring

Drying table: 10, full sun drying , 12% moist controlled with a Shore Coffee Model moisture meter

Wett mill: Penagos eco-flex pulping machine

Importers: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

 

Rob Says: We are proud of finally buying a small lot from this very famous washing station, former producers of Cup Of Excellence coffee winners.

A small note on the altitude: the washing station is located at 1719 masl (meters above sea level), the farms located between 1600 to 2000 meters. Higher altitude means more sun and more rain. The locating nearby the equator makes sure there’s no frost at night. This, in combination with volcanic soil, makes it the perfect spot to grow specialty coffee.