Building Better Coffees Through Better Relationships
From their uniquely complex flavors to the way the market functions, Kenyan coffees are unlike any other in the world. The country's government-run auction system – that was, until recent years, the only way that coffee could be sold in Kenya – encourages continuous quality more than any other system we have seen, but it also promotes disconnect between coffee roasters and the farmers.
Working outside of the auction system, we have been able to develop excellent relationships with the leadership in the Thiriku cooperative in Nyeri. The factory chairman is Erastus Mathenge, and this year we worked with Erastus to set aside lots specifically for Counter Culture. In the end, our communication was strengthened, and the coffee from Thiriku we proudly offer is comprised in large part of lots prepared especially for us.
This coffee from Thiriku hits the palate first with a creamy, fruity raspberry note that then is accentuated by a savory spice and citrus undertone. The body is well balanced and round. The raspberry fruit notes come back in the aftertaste along with a pleasantly crisp and slightly tart quality.
Note: because of the Labor Day holiday, orders received today through midnight Monday, September 3, will be roasted, packaged, and shipped on Tuesday, September 4. Orders in transit may experience a slight delay. Thanks for your patience and understanding. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend!