PROCESS: Fully Washed
REGION: Nyeri, Central Kenya
VARIETAL: Batian, Ruiru 11, SL28, SL34
ALTITUDE: 1600-1850 MASL
Tasting Notes: Blackcurrant and plum with a creamy brazil nuts and caramel finish
About The Coffee
Duma is sourced primarily through the Nairobi Coffee Exchange Auction. While farmers may make more money when their small, higher quality lots are sold at auction, the small size of such lots means that they still depend on selling the rest of their harvest at reasonable prices.
Duma is sourced from Kenya’s Central Province. It’s a special blend of ABC size grades grown by networks of small holder producers mainly surrounding the slopes of Mount Kenya and throughout the Aberdare mountain range.
For farmers, the high quality lots they sell at the auction are only a small portion of their total production. While they may make more money when these higher quality lots are sold at auction, the small size of such lots means that they still depend on selling the rest of their harvest at reasonable prices.
Coffees from these areas are grown in rich volcanic sandy soils at high altitudes. Flowering takes place between March and April with the harvest spread between November and January. Wet mills have access to fresh, high-altitude streams, with which they produce immaculately washed coffees.
Following selective handpicking, farmers deliver their cherry to wet mills. At intake, cherry is hand sorted to remove any damaged or under-ripe cherry before pulping. After pulping, coffee is fermented for 12-16 hours and then washed in fresh stream water. Wet parchment is dried on raised beds, where it is turned frequently to ensure even drying. Workers also sort through drying parchment to remove any damaged beans.
The Kahawa Bora mill, it is now even easier to keep traceability intact all the way from the individual farmer who grew the lot through to the roaster. Thanks to the mill, small estate owners can receive larger payouts for to their high-quality production and link their name to their coffees for consumers to see.
For farmers, having their name and life story connected to their coffee, which is then purchased and seen by the end user, can bring many benefits. It means that they can nurture long-term relationships with roasters and increase the value of their product. For roasters, connecting farmers’ stories to the coffees they grew can create a stronger customer interest for specific coffees, added value and demand, and help finance successful long-term relationships with farmers.