- Very nice mouthfeel
- Ripe red fruits
- Clean cup with notes of spices in the after taste
Variety: Mixed Heirloom, Kurume
Location: Kochere, Yirgacheffe
Soil: Fertile, red brown, loamy soil
Shade trees: Acacia, Lucinicia, Cordial Africana, Sespana
Rob Says: Remarkable that 3 from the first 5 lots of Ethiopia this season come from Kochere, Yirgacheffe. It seems that the climate has been ideal last year.
How does it works, a ‘perfect’ season: it starts with high temperature in front of the raining season and then the right amount of rain – a lot please. This gives perfect flowering and is the start of a good juicy crop. Between late October and mid January the harvest can take place for the 850 farmers who bring their cherry to the Reko Washing Station.
WE EXPECT THIS LOT OF REKO TO LAND BY MID JULY
- Clean Cup
- Milk Chocolate and Black Tea notes
Altitude: 1950 masl
Variety: Ethiopian mixed heirloom
Grading: 1 (washed)
Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants
Rob Says: Thanks to Kenyacof and 32 Cup it is for the second year in a row we can lay our hands on this gem.
This is an Ethiopian Heirloom coffee, which means rather than being one varietal of coffee it’s actually a mix of the natively growing varietals of the area. It’s this mix that gives it the complexity that’s a signature of Ethiopian coffee.
The grade 1 is the highest sort of screening and bagging which helps to avoid unnecessary defective beans landing up in your bag.
- Red apple, cookie dough and cinnamon notes
- Medium body
- Very fruity and sweet
Variety: SL 28 & 34
Soil: Volcanic soil
Importer: 32 cup Coffee Merchants
Rob Says: New coffee name on the horizon. We heard of the Kiri and we know the Kirinyaga region, but this New Kirimi has nothing to do with it. What we do know is that we bought this small AB lot, out of the Nyeri region, directly from Specialty Coffee exporters Kenyacof in Nairobi. Every year I go visit Charles and his team and taste around 300 coffees, out of which I select 10 lots. Then we have them vac packed and shipped carefully; this way we have guaranteed first class Kenyan coffee for the next 10 to 12 months….
- Black Tea, Berry and Tamarind notes
- Complex fruit acidity
- Very Floral
Washing Station: Werka
Processed: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1900 – 2050 masl (Metres Above Sea Level)
Variety: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties
Importer: Cafe Imports Europe
Rob Says: First Ethiopian coffee of the new season. We were a bit in panic when cupping the very first samples of this years Ethiopian crop cause nothing struck a cord with us. Then a couple weeks later we cupped better stuff at origin and from pre shipment samples, so after all we think this is going to be a crazy year after all. And the first one that hits our warehouse is a first timer all together; the Werka, named after the so-called coffee washing station and not the same sounding Fisher Z song from 1979. I hope you enjoy this very classic tea like, floral and fruity bean just as much as we do.
- Chocolate flavors
- Smooth and creamy mouthfeel
- Notes of peach and orange
Producers: Alexander & Magali Delgado
Mill: Cerro San Luis
Processing: (Yellow) Honey processing
Location: Grecia – Alajuela – Central Valley
Variety: mix of Caturra and Catuai
Rob Says: For our new seasonal King Lee coffee line we selected a truly unique coffee from Finca El Venado in Costa Rica. They deliberately chose for the Honey proces to reduce the amount of water needed for processing. For this style of processing, they use a Penagos machine for depulping. Thanks to this careful approach this coffee tastes very sweet and it has a creamy mouthfeel without any fermented by-flavors.