Producer // Mutheka Farmers Cooperative Society
Country // Kenya
Region // Nyeri
Cultivar // SL-28, SL-34
Process // Wet-Process
Elevation // 1900 meters
Tasting Notes // Pomelo, Tropical, Complex
Cup Characteristics: Bursting at the seams with tropical fruit notes, Chorongi sings with coconut and guava. The florality and juiciness of pomelo lead this cup into a balanced and lengthy finish.
Every now and then something surprising ends up on our cupping table. Be it an interesting variety with complex tropical fruit notes, or a fantastic separated day lot from one of our producers with heightened acidity and a crispness that screams Reserve Offering: surprises happen yearly but never lose their appeal. On the buying table for Kenya this year we knew we were experiencing something deeply profound as soon as we ground the coffee; aromatics of freshly zested Pomelo doused the air. The intensity and complexity held up with each pass and by the end of the testing process we couldn't wait to reveal was surely a great lot from one of the factories we work with each year. We flipped the information card over and saw "Chorongi Factory" printed in big letters. The Chorongi factory's members pick coffee from their relatively small farms throughout the slopes of Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain range. The farmers here grow a mix of SL-28 and SL-34 varieties and grow at elevations hovering around 1900 meters. The structure of this lot from Chorongi can be especially attributed to the cultivars, which have lineage with Bourbon. Chorongi is part of the Mutheka Farmers Cooperative Society. It is located just south of Nyeri in Central Kenya. Over 750 members supply cherry to 7 different factories that are a part of the Coop. Mutheka has been serving its members and strengthening their ability to grow and process exceptional quality coffee for over 40 years now. The surprising thing about Chorongi is that we have never carried it before this year. After tasting it we think you will surely agree, and look forward to its release on a yearly basis as much as we will.