We have a new coffee available from Kenya now via The Secret Stash.
Coffees from Kenya hold a special place in my heart. One of my first perspective changing moments in coffee happened at the 2013 Specialty Coffee Association Expo all thanks to a Kenya. Well, the person pulling the shot might have helped. As the hand reached over holding an already intoxicating fragrant cup of espresso, I immediately recognized the Barista. It was none other then Lem Buttler. If you do not know who he is, please take some time and look him up. He is a long time innovator, ambassador to specialty coffee, and all around badass barista champ rockstar. I smelled deep red fruit in the cup, like someone squishing cherries and plums right in front of me. The cup tasted like a lemon head candy though! Tart, but sweet at the same time with a syrupy heavy mouthfeel. I had never had a coffee this complex and could not grasp my head around all the flavors at the time. The coffee tasted special to me. This coffee from Kenya had left an impact that would follow me to this day.
We found a very special coffee from Kenya this year that I believe will make you feel the same way I did in 2013.
Kenya Kirinyaga Baragwi Gachami is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Gachami Factory (wet mill) located in Kirinyaga County, Kenya. Located in the central part of Kenya on a growing region in the fertile foothills of Mount Kenya. Farmer plots are so small that size is gauged by the number of trees rather than the measurements of the land. Farmers who process their coffee at the Gachami Factory are members of the Baragwi Farming Cooperative Society, which was established in 1953 and currently has 16,892 members. Baragwi supports a women's group called the Mount Kenya Project, which was implemented to improve the quality of life through socio-economic projects aimed at reducing poverty and increasing business knowledge in rural communities.
We recomend using a pour over for this coffee, this recipe will be for a Hario V60:
20 grams coffee
310 grams water
Grind will need to be coarser than a normal V60 grind. Think Kalita particle size
- This coffee is categorized AA in size. Meaning it is the largest sized coffees. Because of the large particle size there will be more surface area when ground. This causes a grater range of different particle size throughout the grind. We found that coarsening the grind created a sweeter and cleaner cup.
Remember to pre rinse your filter and zero out that scale.
50 gram bloom
Wait 30 seconds
Pour to 150 grams
wait 30 seconds
Pour to 250 grams
Wait 10 seconds
Pour last 60 grams water around edges to saturate any dry grounds. End at 310 grams
WHAT DO WE TASTE?
A delicate cup, providing intense florals, clarity, and complexity.
Flavor notes included:
Candy orange slices
and my personal favorite: Arnold Palmer
BUY A BAG HERE: http://www.goshencoffee.com/productlisting/kenya-baragwi-gachami-aa
More coffee info:
Grower: 1,200 Smallholder farmers organized around the Gachami Factory
Region: Kirinyaga County, Kenya
Altitude: 1,700- 1,800 meters
Process: Fully washed and dried in raised beds
Variety: SL28, SL34, and Ruiru 11
Soil: Volcanic loam