Sparkling acidity and deep sweetness abound in this washed lot from Long Miles' second year of production in Kenya. In the cup we find notes of stone fruit, fig, and ruby grapefruit.

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Njowa

Specs

Producer     Long Miles, Wachira Family

Farm             Njowa

Region         Kirinyaga, Mt. Kenya

Varieties     SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian

Process       Washed

Altitude       1725

Importer       Osito

Story

Long Miles Kenya

In the second year of their work in Kenya, Long Miles partnered with Haron Wachira from Akili Holdings Ltd, and refurbished Njowa Coffee Factory in Kirinyaga, Mount Kenya. In the past, the coffee factory primarily served the Wachira family and a few of their coffee-growing neighbours. Sharing the same vision of working with small-scale farmers to improve their access to markets, and the price paid for what they produce, Long Miles Kenya will be a long-term partnership with the Wachira family and the coffee-growing communities in Mount Kenya.

Long Miles has started to reproduce their successful Coffee Scout Program fro Burundi in Kenya. Over the past year they employed one full-time scout who provided year-round agronomical support to producers who chose to process their coffee with Long Miles. In their first year of operation, Long Miles worked with about 25 farming families, and this year they exceeded 300 families who delivered cherry to Njowa station.

Those cherries were separated into three different traceabilities, designated geographically by rive boundaries: Karinga, Nyamindi, and Kamweti. Processing distinct lots this way is unique to Njowa station in Kenya, where nearly everywhere else in the country coffee is bulked together and sold under the station name. Long Miles and Akili are also working together in Kenya on a number of reforestation initiatives: planting fruit and nut-bearing trees, providing shade, protecting soil, and capturing carbon - all in ways that bring more money into the communities producing coffee.

Kirinyaga

Located to the east of Nyeri, Kirinyaga County is one of the most famous coffee growing regions in Kenya. In Kirinyaga, coffee is grown in volcanic loam along the southern foothills of Mt. Kenya, and washed with clean, fresh water from the Kii river. Like in much, but not all of the rest of Kenya, most coffee here is produced by smallholder farmers and processed at cooperatively run factories.

Field Blend

SL28 and SL34 are the most sought after coffee varieties in Kenya, and in consuming countries have essentially become synonymous with quality Kenyan coffee. In recent years, we have been seeing more Kenyan offerings include the hybrid Ruiru 11 and Batian varieties. These hybrids are more resistant to Coffee Berry Disease and Coffee Leaf Rust than the traditional SL varieties while still retaining high quality potential, making them an important bulwark for producers against the devastating economic effects of crop disease.

Washed

De-pulped using a discpulping machine before undergoing stringent grading on the same day cherry is delivered. The coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours before being washed with clean water and then soaked for another 16-18 hours. Lastly, the coffee is covered and dried on raised beds under the sun for 21 days.

Transparency

Importer

Osito

FOB Pricing

What's this?

FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.

Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.

4.95 USD per lb

Lot Size

Subtext purchased 120kg.

Relationship Length

This is the second year that Osito has worked with Long Miles in Kenya, and the second year that Subtext has sourced coffee from the Long Miles Kenya project.

Quality

Subtext cupping score of 87