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Origin: Nyeri, Kenya
Elevation: 1770 MASL
Producer: Barichu Cooperative Society
Varietals: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian
Flavor Notes: Fresh Cherry, Mango, Clover Honey
Kenyan coffees are always striking – mouth coating, heavily fruited, and sparkling. The secret behind this is careful processing, transparency in sourcing, and good standardized practices. If you’ve had Kenyan coffees, you’ve noticed the names are often preceded by a cryptic code – AA, AB, PB, C, etc. While not complicated, these two letter keys are crucial for understanding how complex coffee grading and processing is in Kenya. Simply put, the letters correspond to size and density of green coffee coming from farms. Although this grading doesn’t strictly correlate with the quality of a coffee, many roasters use it as a proxy, and it works fairly well. Beans don’t tend to vary in size within a given varietal, so by sorting the coffee into different sizes, it also roughly gets sorted into varietal as well. The largest screen size, AA is considered to be of the highest quality, and is often heavily fruited, floral, and complex.
We are always excited to cup AA coffees that get sent to us, and even more so when the stars align and we can offer them to you all. Gatomboya is here to show off what Kenya has to offer, and to show that the grading system, and all the work that goes into getting these AA coffees grown, processed, and shipped to our cafes is a job that’s well worth it.