Dry Fermented, Washed, Soaked Overnight, Dried on African Raised Beds
November 2018 - February 2019
This coffee comes to us from the small estate of our friend and partner, Mathew Mugo. Mathew's 10-hectare farm, Riamute, is located in Kiambu. Defined by its rich, red clay soil and nearly constant rain, the fertility of the land is reflected in the complex and juicy flavor profile of the harvest. Bursting with notes of bright grapefruit and red currant, this coffee captivates.
This is our sixth year working directly with Mathew. The closeness of our relationship is unique, given the way coffee is typically traded and sold in Kenya. Most of the country’s prized coffee comes from small-scale producers who are organized into cooperatives. These co-ops pool small lots and distribute them under the co-op's banner. While we are huge supporters of cooperatives and the quality of their beans can be stunning, working with Mathew represents a rare opportunity to create a direct and transparent relationship with an individual farmer.
Mathew runs a number of small farms in Embu and Kiambu and began renting the farm at Riamute several years ago. The estate sits at 1850 meters and is comprised wholly of SL28 and SL34, a couple of our favorite coffee varieties in Kenya. Over the years, we have been able to visit Mathew’s farms and in 2016, he paid us a visit at the roastery in Viroqua, sharing his story with members of our community. We look forward to Mathew’s coffee each year, and this season’s crop is one of the best so far.
You might also like