Square Mile


Regular price $4.25

Description

It’s been a long time since we last bought a coffee from the Kebado region (seven years, to be exact), so it’s very exciting to see the name on our shelves again. This lot was exported by Mr Haileselassie Ambaye, who we met by chance in Ethiopia in November 2011. He’s been in coffee for more than 25 years, and back when we first met, was building a dry mill and investing in new trucks for transport. Since then he’s grown his operation, year on year, continuing to supply high-quality greens to importers and roasters around the world. This lot is from the Shewit Hadera washing station, where the owners of about 500 half hectare smallholdings deliver their ripe cherry during the harvest. We’re thrilled to be able to share Kebado with you once again.

Taste Notes

SPICED ORANGE/ PEACH/ JUICY

Varietal

MIXED HEIRLOOM

Process

WASHED

Elevation

1,800-1,850 MASL

Description

We’re very excited to be sharing this coffee from the Kiandu washing station in Nyeri, one the most famous coffee producing regions of Kenya. On the cupping table, this AA lot stood out instantly, with intense fruit and berry notes and a classic syrupy body - we knew straight away that we had to have it! Located within the Central Highlands area, over 80% of the coffee that comes into the Kiandu station is produced by smallholders with less than 1ha of land each. The factory, which is one of seven washing stations owned by the Mutheka Farmers Cooperative Society in Nyeri, wet processes the coffee in the typical Kenyan style, with a 24-hour fermentation, followed by washing in concrete channels and drying on raised beds. This particular region is heralded as one of the jewels in Kenya’s crown and this coffee does not disappoint!

Taste Notes

APRICOT/ PINK GRAPEFRUIT/ GOLDEN SYRUP

Varietal

SL28, SL34

Process

WASHED

Elevation

1,700 MASL

Description

When you reach the area in which this coffee was grown, it’s not hard to see why the co-op that produces it settled on the name El Paraiso. With sweeping views of the Rio Magdalena valley and the Eastern Cordillera mountains, producers here have all the ingredients needed to grow high-quality beans. Just 45 minutes west of Tarqui town, at altitudes of 1,700m and higher, each farmer in the co-op wet mills and dries their own crop before consolidating their lots together under the umbrella of El Paraiso for dry milling and export. This differentiates their coffee and increases their competitiveness in the market. The 62 members produce around 1,000 bags per year, with three-quarters of that during the main harvest and the rest during the smaller winter mitaca crop.

Taste Notes

PLUM JAM/ CRANBERRY/ ALMOND

Varietal

CATURRA, COLOMBIA

Process

WASHED

Elevation

1,800-2,000 MASL

Description

The award-winning Mormora Plantation is located near the Shakiso town in Guji zone, Oromia region. They placed 1st in the 2012 national ‘Taste of Harvest’ championship and have been in the top ranks of several other competitions since. Owned by a team of five shareholders Mormora is both an old plantation and a pioneering venture that has played a vital role in establishing Shakiso as one of the prime speciality coffee areas in Guji. Coffee is grown organically and 100% under a shaded canopy from other native trees and plants, and the Djimmah Research Centre have supported the farm in developing and testing systems for planting, pruning and rejuvenation.

Taste Notes

STRAWBERRY/ DARK CHOC/ BLACK GRAPE

Varietal

MIXED HEIRLOOM

Process

NATURAL

Elevation

1,800-2,000 MASL