Tim Wendelboe Kenya Karogoto *Filter*

Roaster's Tasting Notes: Blackcurrants / Hibiscus / Ripe Cherries
Process: Washed
Varieties: SL28 / SL34 / Ruiru 11 / Batian
Roast Date: Jan 11

Tim Wendelboe is located in Oslo, Norway

From Tim Wendelboe

This Kenyan coffee from the Karagoto Wet Mill has a very distinct and intense fruity flavour with a refreshing acidity. Expect winey notes of ripe cherries, hiciscus and blackcurrants.

The coffees from Karogoto are always super clean and have an intense fruity and floral flavour. This is most likely because most of the members / farmers are still growing the SL28 cultivar and have received a lot of agricultural training over the years. The climatic conditions also contributes to the coffees intensity. The cool nights and moderately hot days slow down the ripening process and gives a very sweet, intense and unique coffee.

This particular lot is probably the best lot I have tasted from Karogoto in several years, with super intense flavours like ripe cherry and blackcurrants with a winey hibiscus tea and floral touch. The fruit aromas from the beans and ground coffee is very intense and happily it also delivers in the cup.

Karogoto is a wet mill (also called factory) situated near Karatina town in Nyeri, Kenya. It is one of four wet mills that are owned by the Tekangu farmers cooperative society. There are numerous wet mills in Nyeri often just a few minutes drive from one to another. The reason for this is that Nyeri is home to thousands of smallholder farmers that owns on average 0,5 hectares of land where they typically grow coffee, maize, pasture and other crops. A farmer typically will pick her/ his coffee cherries and sell them to the nearest wet mill that is within walking distance. The cherries get bulked together before they are processed and dried by the staff on a cooperative wet mill and later sold to exporters at the weekly Kenyan coffee auction or directly to roasters.

Kenya is both a complicated and a very streamlined place to buy coffee. Unlike the origins we buy from in the Americas, it is slightly more challenging to find farmers that own enough land to be able to supply even small roasters like us. Most smallholder farmers sell their coffee to cooperatives and do not process or dry their own coffees.

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