Slopes of 8 Small Holders, Kenya
Red Grape, Vanilla, Cantaloupe
Our second Kenyan release is the return of the Slopes of 8 smallholders, a collective of 8 neighboring farmers from the Kirinyaga region near Mt Kenya.
Working together with a local agronomist, the producers are continually improving quality by processing their own coffee and choosing to by-pass the central auction system, selling directly as this collaborative project. Rather than submitting their coffee to a large co-op or factory, this project allows the group to maintain their own processing standards with the added return of improved prices paid directly to them.
Last year we bought this coffee with the intention of developing a closer working relationship with producers and to secure the rare opportunity to work with the same Kenyan coffee each year. Having visited earlier this year we were impressed with their ongoing efforts resulting in a more complex and transparent coffee.
Expect sleek red grape sweetness and refreshing melon acidity, but more importantly, expect to see this coffee on the Climpson & Sons menu for many years to come.
Expect a really grown up coffee here. Sleek with red grape sweetness and refreshing melon acidity. Bring out a tannic, red wine note by brewing on an Aeropress at 16g, 250g water for 2 mins and raise a glass to seeing the Slopes of 8 again next year.