Wide Open Road Coffee Roasters
CRANBERRY, LAVENDER AND LYCHEE
Region: Nakuru County
Producer: Winchester Farm LTD & Raymark LTD
Farm: Little Farm
Altitude: 1600-1700 masl
Varietal: SL28, SL34 and Ruiru 11
Exporter: Taylor Winch Coffee Kenya
Importer: First Crop
North of Nairobi, and bordered by seven other coffee-growing counties, Nakuru County is home to the Rongai village where Little Farm (established in the 1990s) is located. The name Nakuru was derived from the Maasai word "Nakurro" meaning "a place of dust storms" or "dusty place". It's true that this region is prone to blanketing whirlwinds, forming in the empty scrub lands around Lake Nakuru. Despite being a notoriously difficult landscape to grow in, coffees from Nakuru County are distinctly superior for their own reasons.
In the Nakuru region, coffee growers are blessed with deep red soils, rich in organic matter. Good soil health keeps the 20.28 hectares of Little Farm coffee trees happy, along with several dams and boreholes used to irrigate during dry periods. The coffee varietals we've sourced from Little Farm are Ruiru 11, SL28 and SL34. The latter two varieties are unique to Kenya, named after Scot Laboratories (now the National Agricultural Laboratories of Kenya), who developed these coffees from Bourbon and Mocha heritage, and distributed them to the wide country.
Coffees from Kenya classically offer a taste of complex berries and fruit, bright acidity and intense sweetness. Little Farm produces around 400 MT of cherries per year, which are harvested by hand and taken to the wet mill where they are spread out on a patio in the afternoon light. Overripe and underripe cherries are removed before the mass of the harvest is tipped into the hopper above the pulping station. A rigorous washing process is designed to locate the denser cherries, revealed by the repeated pushing of wooden shunts. Once the cherries are washed, they are sun dried on parchment and carefully monitored in case of rain or harsh sun rays that could damage the coffee.
This coffee has come to us through First Crop, and we chose it for the juxtaposition of its tasting notes compared to coffees typical to the region. It has a prominent cranberry and blackcurrant taste with strong floral lavender top notes more commonly associated with the Central American 'Geisha' varietal. We're excited by how we can highlight these flavours through different approaches to the roast profile and brewing methods.
Recipe Starting Point (Pour Over):
250mL water (93 Degrees C)
Note: We have developed a filter profile for this coffee - meaning it is roasted a little lighter than would normally suit an espresso brew method. If you're using an espresso machine, high-pressure Aeropress, or prefer a darker roast for your percolator, we recommend our Single Origin Espresso Roast. However, we're more than happy to supply any of our coffees ground to any specifications - coffee is a personal journey, and we are excited to take that journey with you.
SINGLE ORIGIN FILTER - Kenya, Little Farm AA