There’s nothing like a great Kenyan coffee - intense brightness and fruit, juicy mouthfeel, and big sweetness in a combination that’s pretty much impossible to find anywhere else. Rukira - our second washed Kenya of the 2023 harvest, is exactly what we’re looking for from this unique origin.
Rukira is one of 17 factories (Kenya-speak for washing station) in the larger Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society, and while this is our first time roasting Rukira, we look to the Othaya Cooperative for at least one banger coffee each year. We’re lucky to taste lots from throughout the cooperative, and this year, Ichamama Natural and this delicious washed lot from Rukira were the standouts.
Additionally, the vast majority of our Kenyan coffees come to us through the Kenyan Cooperative Coffee Exporters (KCCE) network. The Kenyan coffee industry tends to be dominated by a few foreign-owned businesses, and KCCE is a collective of cooperative societies that market and export their coffee together, to keep a bit more of the benefits within Kenya. We enjoy working with KCCE, and we can count on some amazing coffee each year.
Admittedly, Kenyan coffee can be a bit polarizing, especially if you’re adding milk or alt milk into the equation. The intense acidity of the coffee doesn’t pair well with the milk for all taste buds, and while combo might work great for you, our usual recommendations for cream tend to come from Latin America. We’re not saying don’t try it, just that it’s not the safest path. But if you drink that coffee straight and want to get those taste buds watering, Kenya Rukira FTW.
We’re tasting bright pink grapefruit, brown sugar, a stone fruit one-two punch of peach and cherry juice. It’s our second washed Kenya for this season, and it’s big, bright, juicy, and complex, just the way we like it.
Cafénor is relatively new sourcing for Huck, but back for year two, and we hope for the long haul!
Cafénor is the brainchild of Alejandro Valiente, and after spending some time with Alejandro and the Cafénor team this past February, we're hooked. Alejandro grew up producing coffee, and after cutting his teeth setting up Central America operations for a larger multinational exporter, he returned home with the goal of doing things right. He's a true believer in the push for more environmentally- and economically-sustainable coffee, and Cafénor puts carbon neutrality and farmer payments first and foremost in its coffee mission.
Cafénor works with a dedicated group of growers in the Metapan area year-after-year, coordinating group purchases of farming inputs and equipment, and aiming to deliver 80-85% of the final export price directly to the farmer. Millers and exporters (including the fair ones!) usually absorb a significantly larger cut of the export price. Moreover, Cafénor is fully carbon neutral, and the mill - where the team both processes and dries cherry from certain growers, and mills dried coffee for export, runs entirely on solar and wind power. It definitely does take the team a bit longer to mill coffee for export, given the limitations of a self-contained operation with limited electric supply, but it's a price they're willing to pay for the bigger picture.
Here at Huck, there’s no question that we love fruity, bright, complex coffees. But we also appreciate coffee that just tastes like good coffee, and that’s where this washed lot from the Productores (producers) de Cafénor hits. Sweet, straight-forward, no surprises. Just a damn good, pleasant Central American coffee, and one of theless-fruity coffee in our single origin lineup right now. There’s a touch of yellow apple and citrus there, but milk-friendly nougat, chocolate wafer, and toasted almond flavors are the stars of the cup here.
Beyond this washed lot from the group, we’re also looking forward to a fruitier, honey-processed Pacamara, but all in due time. With Productores Cafénor, we’re here to enjoy some straightforward, but delicious coffee from sustainably-minded folks.
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New name, but kinda a returning fave!
Majoo Natural is a spin on a coffee we’ve loved over the past few years, from Sookoo Coffee and the Raro Nansebo washing station in Guji! We’ve been roasting delicious naturals from Raro Nansebo for several seasons now, and some years, we get the chance to try some community-specific coffees. This year, we loved the coffee from farmers in the small village of Majoo!
Over the past several years, Sookoo Coffee has gained well-earned notoriety for producing some of Ethiopia's best naturals. Sookoo means gold in the Guji region's Afaan Oromo language, and Sookoo Coffee focuses on naturals in the Guji region. While Sookoo did produce its first washed coffees this most recent harvest, the main focus remains on naturals: coffee dried in its fruit. And that focus pays off.
Raro Nansebo is Sookoo's second station, and we've been roasting its coffee since the 2019-2020 harvest. After making a name for themselves with the Odo Shakisso station a bit further west in Guji, Sookoo expanded into the Guji Uraga area, building the Raro Nansebo station and working with smallholder farmers in the surrounding area. After roasting a community-specific lot from Dooddissi a few years ago, this is our second chance to roast the goods from an individual village, Majoo.
Big fruit is the big draw in most naturals, and the florality we love in washed Ethiopias often gets masked by the berries. In the best cases though - which seems to be the norm for Raro Nansebo - floral aromatics get to join the fruit punch. This year we're tasting blackberry, heady florals, sugar cookie, and touch of lime and honeydew melon to join the Majoo berry party.
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Floral, bright, and refreshing, we love washed Ethiopian coffee, and while we had a bit of an atypically-processed outlier with Danche Marcelo, we’re stoked to get into more typical, but no less awesome washed Ethiopian flavors with Musa Abalulesa.
While most of our Ethiopian coffee comes from the South (Yirgacheffe, greater Gedeo, and Guji), Western Ethiopia also produces some amazing coffee, and we’re excited to bring some Western Ethiopian coffee back into the Huc fold. Musa and his brothers, Mustefa and Gugu, farm coffee together near the town of Agaro, and while this is the first time we’ve roasted coffee from Musa, a few years ago we served up a delicious natural from Mustefa, and the family consistently produces great coffee.
The Abalulesa family might have one of the most unique coffee origin stories in Ethiopia, with farm roots in revolution. Abalulesa, Musa's father, spent the 1970s as a guerilla leader, fighting against the Derg, Ethiopia's brutal dictatorship at the time, and hid out in the mountains and forests around Agaro. When the Derg finally fell, the family was granted some of the forest Abalulesa called home, as a form of reparations and reconciliation.
The Abalulesas first made a name for themselves as seed producers, selecting and preparing new seed stock for farmers in the area and government seed banks. But, after preparing their father’s former forest hideout for coffee production, the family has shifted some of its focus to coffee farming over the past decade or so, and clearly, the attention to detail required for seed production has also paid dividends in the coffee.
Musa’s coffee was one of our favorite washed coffees among everything we tasted out of Ethiopia this past harvest, and now that we’re roasting it in Denver, we’re tasting lemondrop candy, refined sugar, florals, and white grape. Bright, crisp, and delicious!
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