Kenya AA Tambaya auction lot
Cup Characteristics: Aromas of pipe tobacco, cedar, and caramel undertones. In the cup it is sweet with pleasant notes of green apple acidity and a silky mouthfeel. A well-rounded coffee with a long finish and hints of cocoa.
$18.99 per pound
A direct import from Kenya. Arrived late November 2014.
Tambaya is from the Nyeri district where the very finest Kenya coffees have derived. This year was a politically difficult one in Nyeri province as their Governor Nderitu Gachagua attempted to have the government take over control of Nyeri coffee processing. Instead of sending coffee to one of the 23 local wetmills - which in Kenya are called factories - he sought to have all of the coffee sent to one central, government owned factory. This has lead to a great deal of delay and resistance, and has threatened to close off the flow of exceptional Nyeri coffee lots.
This lot of coffee comes from the Tambaya Factory (or wet mill) which is a collection of family owned farms organized around the mill. The Tambaya Factory is managed by the Rumukia Farmers Cooperative Society. Tambaya is located in the Nyeri Central district near the foothills of Mt. Kenya and sits at the high elevation of 1900 meters above sea level (this equals about 6200 feet). The factory itself spans almost 260 hectares and the varieties grown are SL 28 and SL 34, both common to Kenya. The factory was established in 1982 and the production is currently around 140 tons of coffee. The coffee plants are grown on red volcanic soil and share the space with some patches of black cotton. Once harvested, which takes place between April and December, the coffee is then fully washed and sun-dried on traditional African-style raised beds.
Cooperative: Rumukia Farmers Cooperative Society
Wet mill: Tambaya Factory
Drying: Full sun
Altitude: 1900 meters
Varietals: Mainly SL 28 and SL 34