€13,60 – €44,50
The sloping hills of Mount Kenya are the birthplace of this summery coffee with its fruity notes of blackberry, dried apricot and lime. Chorongi is named after the farm where some 1,000 smallholders bring their cherries to get that five-star processing treatment that this origin bean is famous for.
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This bean takes the phrase “sun’s out, buns out” to a whole new level. Not that this cup will make you take your clothes off (or will it???) but it might just persuade you to round up all your friends and have some fun in the sun. Because of this bean’s sunny disposition and summery flavour profile, it’s the perfect cup to serve on those endless summer evenings. Blackberry notes share the spotlight with the sweetness of dried apricot and the unmistakable aroma of fresh lime, which give this coffee a kind of lemonade-type of vibe that we absolutely adore. During the cupping we also sniffed out some crisp green apple notes, along with blackcurrant and redcurrant notes that make this coffee feel like it should be served with an umbrella.
The story – the farm
The Chorongi factory’s long-term goal is to educate farmers on all things coffee to increase both the production and the quality of the crops. They are also working hard on establishing transparent relationships with the smallholders that bring their beans to the Chorongi washing station.
You’ll find the Chorongi wet mills in Central Kenya, in Nyeri to be precise. Nyeri is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya and world famous for producing coffees with intense, complex and fruity flavour profiles.
The Chorongi factory is part of the Mutheka Coffee Farmer’s Society, which has roughly 5,600 smallholder members. About a 1,000 of these smallholders – with some 250 coffee bushes each – deliver their cherries to the Chorongi factory where they are processed. The Chorongi process involves washing the cherries, fermenting them overnight and spreading them out on raised drying tables for a period of 7 to 15 days, giving them that spunky, fruity funk that we love. Additionally, the factory receives assistance from our partner, Coffee Management Services (CMS). CMS organises refresher courses for the factory manager every year and the ministry of agricultural and agrochemical companies invites him to field days to share knowledge and best practices, which he can take back to the famers that he works with. A perfect example of how all parties in a chain should work together to deliver an exquisite product.
- Washing Station: Chorongi
- Producer: Mutheka Farmers
- Region: Nyeri
- Varietal: Sl-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian
- Altitude: 1,800m
- Process: Washed
- Harvest Period: January – March
- Flavour: Blackberry, dried apricot, lime, green apple, blackcurrant & redcurrant
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