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Rounded, currant, rooibos, light molasses
Grown at an altitude of almost 2000m ASL, these hard Kenyan beans make you work for those more notoriously sought-after notes of currant and rooibos which makes the initial soak time throughout the ramp key. We push heat heartily to first crack and try to maintain a steadily declining rate of rise following the endothermic spike.
We've been supporting a new initiative in Kenya for a few seasons, aiming to bring about a 'revolution' in the way coffee is traded in the country. Over the past few years, many growers in Kenya have left the industry - low prices and late payments being the main cause of discouraged growers. In spite of the high prices paid for Kenyan coffees, most of this has historically not reached the producers - and certainly not in a timely manner. Most of Kenya's coffee exporters are affiliated with large European buyers creating an an unofficial oligopoly.
Trabocca is changing all this. They're partnering with co-operatives like Thiriku, paying double the going rate for coffee, helping guarantee cashflow at important times (such as fertilizing season) as well as helping improve agricultural practice and providing humanitarian aid in the community.
This push towards a more sustainable value chain in Kenya is vital in order to maintain - and improve - the distinctive cup profile we treasure so much!