Tim Wendelboe | Kenya Karinga, Washed sl28 & sl34
from our friends at Tim Wendelboe:
This Kenyan SL28 coffee from the Karinga wet mill has a very distinct and intense fruity flavour with a refreshing acidity. Expect winey notes of blackberries and rose hips with delicate floral aromas.
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This coffee is grown at around 1900 masl in Kiambu where the climate is cool and makes the coffee ripen slower and develop more flavour, sweetness and acidity.
Most of the members who sell their coffee cherries to this wet mill grow mainly the SL28 cultivar (with some growing SL34) because of good yields and exceptional quality in high altitudes. The majority of the farmers in this area have therefore been reluctant to plant the newer rust tolerant hybrids Batian and Ruiru 11 which are becoming more common in lower altitudes in Kenya.
For me this coffee has been a standout for several years when I have been tasting coffees in Kenya because of its intensity of flavour. This year, I find the coffee to be quite winey and floral with intense blackberry and rose hip flavours. It is a very complex coffee that displays layers of flavour as it cools, so make sure you enjoy this coffee at various temperatures