Kenya Nyeri Othaya Chinga AA
Our new Kenya Nyeri Othaya Chinga AA 14TY0006* comes to us from family owned farms located on the southeastern slopes of Mount Kenya in the Aberdares Mountain Range in Nyeri County, Kenya. The farmers in this area are organized around the Chinga factory (wet mill) that sits between the towns of Othaya and Kiamuya. This is one of 19 wet mills managed by the umbrella organization Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society.
Started in the 1950’s with 250 members, the Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society is now one of Kenya’s oldest and largest specialty coffee co-ops with about 14,000 members across the southern Nyeri region. The co-op promotes unity and progressiveness as well as offering various types of assistance to its members. They keep a large seedling nursery with both traditional and hybrid varieties and a farm store so they may supply members as needed. Members are very involved in the cooperative themselves and are able to vote on representation, marketing and milling contracts for their coffee as well as profit allocation.
Co-op members generally farm on small plots of land intercropped with trees that provide other food/income sources. This crop was grown at 1,700 to 1,890 meters above sea level in a mineral-rich volcanic loam. After harvest these beans were processed by fermenting the cherries underwater for 12 to 24 hours, then washing with clean spring water, soaking again for another 12 to 24 hours and finally drying on raised beds. After this the beans are sent to the dry mill. Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society has one central dry mill where all coffee crops from their members are sent for final dry milling, screening and sorting, as well as cupping and scoring before export. This type of processing and milling is a longstanding tradition in Kenya but also helps the co-op and farmers to assure consistent and quality coffees are being exported.
A sweet and subtlety bright aroma with notes of citrus and stone fruits. Great full body in the cup with nuances of peach, lemon and orange, along with hints of caramel and cocoa.
*”14TY0006 is an outturn number, these are unique microlot codes given to each and every batch of parchment coffee delivered to dry mills from individual factories or estates anywhere in Kenya and are the units on which Kenya’s entire microlot export system is built. This shorthand code gives the specific batch of coffee a time and place sequentially with all batches of coffee to indicate when it was harvested, what mill it went to and when the delivery was made“