Kenya Nyeri Rumukia Thunguri AA GrainPro

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About this coffee

Grower

Producers organized around the Thunguri Factory

Altitude

1220 - 2300 masl

Variety

SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian

Soil

Volcanic loam

Region

Nyeri County, Kenya

Process

Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Harvest

October – January

Certification

Conventional

Coffee Background

Mt. Kenya, at the helm of Kenya’s Central Province, is the second tallest peak on the continent of Africa and a commanding natural presence. The mountain itself is a single point inside a vast and surreal thicket of ascending national forest and active game protection communities. The central counties of Kenya extend from the center of the national park, like five irregular pie slices, with their points meeting at the peak of the mountain. It is along the lower edge of the forests where, in wet, high elevation communities with mineral-rich soil (Mt. Kenya is a stratovolcano) many believe the best coffees in Kenya, often the world, are crafted. Nyeri is perhaps the most well-known of these central counties.    Kenya’s coffee is dominated by a cooperative system of production, whose members vote on representation, marketing and milling contracts for their coffee, as well as profit allocation. Rumukia Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) is an umbrella organization that represents 8 total factories including Thunguri. Rumukia FCS is one of Kenya’s better known societies for quality, and includes producer groups that have become household names among specialty roasters: Kiawamururu, Gatura, and Gaikundo, to name a few. The cooperative society is headquartered in southern Nyeri, close to the Murang’a county border, and the member factories are spread across the immediate region.     Kenya is of course known for some of the most meticulous at-scale processing that can be found anywhere in the world. Bright white parchment, nearly perfectly sorted by density and bulk conditioned at high elevations is the norm, and a matter of pride, even for generations of Kenyan processing managers who prefer drinking Kenya’s tea (abundantly farmed in nearby Murang’a county) to its coffee. Ample water supply in the central growing regions has historically allowed factories to wash, and wash, and soak, and wash their coffees again entirely with fresh, cold river water.     Thunguri typically ferments for 27-35 hours depending on ambient conditions (the changing mountain climate, as for many processors, tends to dictate fermentation temperatures, and processing staff are required to check fermentation progress every three hours). After fermentation, the parchment is washed in fresh water and brought to the factory’s raised tables to dry, typically for two weeks. After drying is complete the coffee is conditioned in large perforated bins on site to allow moisture to stabilize, preparing the coffees for transit and a long shelf life. The established milling and sorting by grade, or bean size, is a longstanding tradition and positions Kenya coffees well for roasters, by tightly controlling the physical preparation and creating a diversity of profiles from a single processing batch.