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Kenya Gatuyaini PB


We’re wrapping up our 2019 harvest Kenyas with the little beans! This peaberry selection from the Gatuyaini factory packs a ton of the juicy, bright, and fruit-forward flavors we look for in Kenyan coffees, and comes from a cooperative we’re excited to support.

We were lucky enough to spend some time with the Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society this January, and we’re pleased to offer Gatuyaini as our second banger from the cooperative.  Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society is a group of approximately 10,000 coffee growers in Nyeri County, who deliver their coffee to 17 different factories, or wet mills. 785 of these farmers bring coffee to the cooperative's Gatuyaini factory, where it is washed in the traditional Kenyan style, and dried slowly on raised beds. 

One of things that’s special about Kenyan coffee is size separtation. Coffee mills separate their coffee by size, dividing coffees into the largest AA selections, then AB, PB (peaberry), and a few grades that we typically don’t see in specialty coffee. Some folks claim that AA is better, or that peaberries - the coffee cherries that happen to produce just one seed rather than two - are always the top. We’re not big believers that one screen size is automatically better (ABs often outperform the sexy grades), but the different grades do have different flavors, and they roast a bit differently. We tasted dozens and dozens of Kenyan samples this year, across all grades, and this peaberry lot was one of our favorites.

We’re psyched on Othaya Cooperative in large part because the society also manages its own dry milling and quality control. While many other factories deliver their coffee to foreign-owned dry mills, Othaya has its own cupping lab and dry mill in Nyeri, so the factories get feedback and have a bit more control over whether their coffees are sold directly to buyers like Huck, or go to auction. Everyone we met at Othaya was great, but it's worth saying that David, who runs the Othaya lab and mill, is the man.  Furthermore, Othaya and a few other Cooperative Societies export their coffee collectively as Kenyan Cooperative Coffee Exporters. Kenyan owned, Kenyan operated. And the coffee’s delicious.

In Gatuyaini, we taste the juicy citrus pop we love in the best Kenyans, deep sugary sweetness, and loads of fruit, especially peach, plum, and fig.  We’re hyped on our third Kenya of the year and our second of two from the Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society.

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