Githembe is a new relationship in Kenya for us. The manager of this farmers’ cooperative, Ruth, has overcome multiple hurdles as she attempts to bring transparency, better quality, and higher prices into the Thiririka union. We view this years coffee as exploring a mutually beneficial and long term relationship. Based on our initial meeting with Ruth we are optimistic about the potential for even higher quality here!
The coffee is processed at the nearby Kianganjo station due to security issues at Githembe, but as the cooperative gains traction Ruth has plans to return this station to full operation. Visiting there this year we see a lot of opportunity for more attention to detail and oversight in the process. These things usually come with encouragement and through challenging station managers to view improvement and change favorably. Often a sense of stagnation and habit are the biggest barriers to quality.
All this being said, this is one of the nicest Kenyan coffees we've had to date! We're pre-releasing it to our subscriptions before we make it more widely available. It's bursting with Grapefruit acidity, lots of sweetness, and has a dried floral aroma.
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