Thiriku AA



Farm: Various
Region: Karangia
Varietal: SL 28, SL 34, Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1900 MASL
Roast: Light
Process: Washed
Notes: Grapefruit, Cola, Raisin

Thiriku has one factory which processes coffee from rich red volcanic soil. The area receives an average of 1100mm of rain as it is between Mt Kenya to the North East and Aberdare ridges to the west. The cooperative is managed by a democratically elected board of 9 members, each of whom serves as a representative of a community where the cooperative has members. Additionally, the Cooperative provides employment for permanent members of staff, headed by the Secretary Manager, who oversees the day-to-day running of the Coop under the board’s supervision. The cooperative owns a single wet mill which serves six communities and 2,500 smallholder farmers from the surrounding area. Sitting at nearly 1,900 meters, the wet mill is one of the region’s highest and in many ways benefits greatly from the cool temperatures that characterize this high altitude. Not only do cherries in the surrounding area ripen slowly, the low temperatures contribute to longer fermentation and slower drying times, which when well managed can lead to a better cup.

In addition to the wide-spread SL28 and SL34, this lot contains a small amount of Ruiru 11. Ruiru 11 is named for the station at Ruiru, Kenya where it was developed in the '70s and released in 1986. Although composing only 5% of the current lot, Ruiru is slowly becoming more widespread in the region due to its resistance to Coffee Berry Disease and Coffee Leaf Rust. It has also backcrossed with SL28 and SL34 to ensure high cup quality.

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