Echelon - Kenyan

Echelon - Kenyan

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Origin - Kenya

Region - Karuthi, Nyeri region

Process - Washed

Producer - Karuthi smallholders, Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society

Altitude - 1800-1900m

Variety - SL-28, SL-34

Tasting notes - A classic blackcurrant aroma with notes of cherry, fudge, red apple and cinder toffee

Cupping score - 87

Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS), the umbrella organization that includes the Ichamama factory, is one of Kenya’s larger societies, with 19 different factories and more than 14,000 farmer members across the southern Nyeri region. The Ichamama factory is in Karuthi, set between two rivers that provide a great source of fresh water. This factory is in an area in which both coffee and tea are grown, with altitudes typically over 1800m.

Nyeri County has cool temperatures and fertile central highlands, lying between the Eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the Eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, and the Western slopes of Mt. Kenya. Nyeri town. The combination of fertile soil, seasonal rainfall and high altitude provide the ideal climate for coffees characterised by high acidity, full body and ripe fruit favours.