Kenya Othaya Chinga AA
Region: Nyeri, Othaya
Altitude: 1,850-1,950 masl
Plant Varietal: SL28, SL34
Tasting Notes: Cranberry，blackberry，grapefruit
Much of Kenya’s coffee comes from cooperatives, which means it’s tough to go to visit a person or build a long-term relationship. That said, it is possible to get something interesting going and to work on projects together by speaking with the leaders of the co-ops and washing stations.
Othaya Farmer’s Cooperative is based at the Gatuyaini wet mill, where they house a cupping room (and talented QC person) and their latest addition – a small roastery (where they hope to develop a market for their coffee inside Kenya). Othaya owns a number of wet mills, but we get our lots from the Chinga mill.
Chinga wet mill is managed by the rather tall Gary John, whom we have asked to process a Natural lot for us. This was particularly difficult to get this year as the mill expected to be 75% down on cherries compared to the previous year (a problem all over Kenya this year, but particularly tough here). The Chinga mill is located near to the town of Othaya, just east of the Chinga Dam. It’s approximately 5 km southwest of the town, and is in the Nyeri county part of Kenya.
The mill has some 783 members, and each member only owns a small piece of land of an average 0.3 acres. They harvest the coffee themselves and then sell it to the mill, where it is processed and sent to the government auction.
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