This coffee comes to us from the Gatomboya Factory, a collection of 950 smallholding producers in the Barichu Farmer Cooperative Society (F.C.S). Historically the Kenyan Co-Op system has presented some challenges in sourcing coffee directly from individual producers. When deliveries are made to the mills, the day's deliveries are sorted by quality and separated into daily lots. Although this process makes it difficult to trace the coffees any farther than the factory level, it also gives us the opportunity to taste a variety of coffees and select the best one to fit our ideal flavor profile.
The Gatomboya Factory is located in the Nyeri region, well known for producing some of the best coffees in Kenya. Born out of the East African Rift Valley, this series of volcanoes creates mineral-rich and fertile soil, couple that with the climate and you get some of the brightest, most tropical, and most complex coffees in the world.
This Gatomboya does not disappoint. Gentle sweetness, light, and refreshing with a tart finish, the Gatomboya is an all-around winner. Drinking a cup of this coffee feels like sipping a Strawberry Gin and Tonic in a specialty cocktail bar. A fresh herbaceous kick is brightened by a twist of grapefruit peel and sweetened by vanilla bean simple syrup.
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