- VARIETAL SL28
- REGION Kibugu, Embu County
- ALTITUDE 1,800 masl
- HARVEST December, 2021
- PROCESSING Hand picked at peak ripeness. Hand sorted to ensure only the very best cherries are selected. Depulped. Fermented for ~24 hours. Floated through channels to sort by density and remove remaining defects. Soaked overnight in fresh water. Dried on raised beds for 15 days while continuously turned and hand sorted.
ABOUT GUCHIENDA ESTATE
This is a very exciting single-estate from our new partnership with Raphael Prime who is essentially trying to figure out how to do micro lots in Kenya. Traditionally, one has to purchase Kenyan coffee through larger washing stations where transparency is difficult at best. Working directly with a single estate allows for better transparency, opportunities for variety separations, and potential work on soil health. This estate is run by brothers Edwin and Benson, and their mother, Esther.
“SL” is in reference to single tree selections made by Scott Agricultural Laboratories in 1935-1939. SL28 is of the Bourbon genetic group, and was selected for its drought resistance as well as its extremely high cup quality. SL28 is one of the most well-known and well-regarded varieties in Africa. It has consequently spread from Kenya to other parts of Africa as well as Central and South America. SL28 is non-hybrid, and very susceptible to disease.