Broadcast Coffee | Kenya Karatu PB, Light Roast

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**Roasted Light**

Region: Thika

Varietal: SL28, SL34

Altitude: 1,600 masl

Processing: Washed

Tastes Like: Raspberry, Blood Orange

This Peaberry sort was produced by numerous smallholder farmers, all of whom are members of the Gitwe Farmers Cooperative Society delivering to the Karatu Coffee Factory, located near the town of Thika in Kenya’s Central Province Town.

During harvest season, farmers selectively handpick the ripest, reddest cherries, which are then delivered directly to the cooperative’s wet mill on the same day as picking. Cherries are stringently hand sorted prior to pulping, with damaged and under ripe cherries being separated out from the red, ripe lots. The factory has two disc pulpers installed to remove the skin and fruit from the inner parchment layer that is protecting the green coffee bean. After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight to break down the sugars and is then sent through washing channels to be sorted by density before being delivered to the soaking tank by water pumped from the River Rwabura. After soaking, coffee is spread out on raised drying tables. Time on the drying tables depends on climate, ambient temperature and total production volume undergoing processing. Drying can take from 7 to 15 days in total. While drying, the parchment is repeatedly moved and sorted to remove any damaged or discolored beans and is covered during the hottest part of the day to maintain even temperatures.

Some of the issues that farmers face are low production due to loss from pests and diseases and the relatively high cost of inputs compared to income from coffee. Many cannot afford to plant disease resistant varieties and face being priced out of the market as their yields diminish. The cooperative has undertaken actions to increase yields and improve their member’s livelihoods. Coffee Management Services (CMS), their field service agent, has a long term goal to increase coffee production through farmer training, ready access to inputs, Good Agricultural Practice seminars, and providing the most current printed materials on sustainable farming.

Recommended Brewing Method: Aeropress | Chemex | V60

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