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Kenya Othaya Mahiga

Kenya Othaya Mahiga

from 23.95

We taste: nectarine, strawberry, milk chocolate

Cooperative: Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society
Wet Mill: Mahiga (500 farmers)
Region: Nyeri
Processing Method: Washed
Elevation: 1,800 msl
Varieties: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian

The Mahiga Factory washing station sits at 1800 meters in the Othaya constituency of Nyeri County. With just over 500 farmer members, Mahiga collects and processes the whole coffee cherry for farmer members using a disc depulping machine before fermenting the coffee in order to remove the sticky mucilage layer. After the fruit is easily removed, the seeds are then soaked in clean water where they are completely "washed" of any remaining fruit residue, and then dried on raised beds. Farmers in the region grow mainly SL-28 and SL-34, with small amounts of Ruiru mixed in.

Coffee is processed and kept separate by day or even weekly deliveries at the factory in order to identify quality. The separated batches are then run through screens in order to separate beans by size, the most common being AA (17-19 screen), AB (15-17 screen), and Peaberry. While AA coffees alway command the highest price, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they always represent the superior cup of coffee. Thankfully, the quality of this AA from the Mahiga washing station holds up to the premium paid.

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