Baitian & Ruiru 11
Citrus, spiced plum, and brown sugar
In the cup: We've spent a whole lot of time experimenting with different curves and heat transfers on this one--why you may ask? We wanted to present a Kenyan filter that challenges traditional perceptions of Kenyan coffees. The resulting cup is sparkly clean with citrus floral notes of lemon transitioning to a rounded spiced plum and caramelised brown sugar. If you've had a somewhat savoury experience with Kenyan coffees in the past, then this coffee might just be the one to break the mould and turn you into a fully-fledged Kenyan coffee convert.
Limwe Estate: Found in the beautiful Nyamira county, Limwe Estate is owned by Livien Osiemo. Livien Osiemo planted their first coffee tree in 2015 and since then quite a bit has changed with the farm now spreading across 5 plots that cover around 8 hectares.
Nyamira county: Nyamira country's landscape primarily consists of hilly highlands and lush winding wetlands. The undulating hills fall into two topographic zones which climb between 1250masl and 2100masl. Across the 5 plots, this variance in altitude results in multiple fruit ripening periods. These varying altitudes and the conditions they create have differing effects on the timing of fruit maturation. In a predominantly linear way, fruit ripens progressively with fruit at lower altitudes ripening earlier in the season, and fruit higher up ripening later. This means an increased workload for pickers as it necessitates multiple picking passes to ensure only the ripest fruit is picked. It also makes for an extended picking season--with a few lucky roasters securing early lots (wink wink). There is an understanding of the delicate ecosystem that supports this coffee, and it is not overlooked or taken advantage of by Livien Osiemo. Even something as small as cleaning wastewater from the washing process being before returning it to the land goes a long way to ensuring minimal environmental impact and contained sustainability.
Harvest: This fresh crop Kenyan is an early crop harvest with only the sweetest ripest cherries making the grade. The main coffee harvest occurs between October and December with a minimal early crop harvest from April to July. If you love Kenyan coffee or are still on the fence, this first crop Kenyan is peaceable and refined and a coffee we just can't get enough of.