Opus. Kenya, Giankanja FCS, WSHD

$ 26.00$ 144.00


 

The Opus, Exotic & Complex

Another nod to the Scandinavian style of roasting, the Opus is expertly light. Usually floral forward, you can expect a delicate and bright crisp cup. Mostly staying with washed African coffees, our roasting process for this profile shows off clarity of flavours.

 


 

The Opus right now & origin details

The washing station is right in the middle of the south slopes of Mt. Kenya and the foothills of the Aberdare mountain range. Cultivating mostly SL varieties, originally released by Scott Agricultural Laboratories (SAL) in the 1930s and 1940s. This works very well in Kenyan because of their deep root structure, perfect for the Kenyan climate. Average rainfall is about 953mm/year. Getting two wet seasons, this means there’s two blooms as well as two harvests per year. The area sits on plenty of volcanic soils rich with organic matter. The extreme conditions and micro climate create a really juicy and bright cup.

Notes

cantaloupe, blood orange, osmanthus flower.

Kenyans are known for their acidity and brightness, and this one is a great example of that. Even brighter than whats’s typical, a beautiful coffee if you want that clean acidity.

Country

Kenya, Nyeri, Neyri County, central highlands 

Producer / Mill / Group

Giankanja FCS (Farmers cooperative society) comprised of 1467 small-hold farmers

Elevation & farm/plot size

1750m – each producer with about 250 to 350 trees on average

Process

Washed. Smallholders only pick the ripest cherries to not waste any cherries that aren’t ready. After, the Cherry Clerk oversees precautionary visual sorting and floating, accepting only dense, ripe cherry. After making sure only the sweetest cherries make it through, they are pulped and fermented. Next, coffee is washed in clean water and laid to dry on raised beds for even circulation. Workers rake parchment frequently to create even drying. To make sure the lots get a slow and even drying, they cover parchment during the hottest times of day. Drying always continues over night as well.

Variety

SL-28, SL-34 with AA prep

Harvested

Imported by Vava/Ja, Harvested 2022 winter

a few resources

Some spots to check out whether you’re looking to get more out of your cup or to learn more about working with us:

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Brew guides.
a better cup at home

Coffee Archive.
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