KENYA | NYERI | TEKANGU
Producer: Tekangu farmers cooperative
Elevation: 1800 masl
Cultivar: SL-28, Sl-34, Ruiru 11, Batian
Process: Washed, hand sorted, sun dried on raised beds
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Notes: Black Currant, Raspberry, Iced Tea, Sweet Lemon, Juicy, Soft Floral
The Tegu factory is part of the Tekangu FCS in central Kenya, an organization that oversees several factories in this area. Tekangu FCS is currently made up of 1200 member farmers, each with around 100 trees. The name Tegu comes from the name of a river nearby that translates to "low place". It was famous for its agricultural production indicating the area around the factory was fertile. During harvest, smallholders deliver ripe cherries to this factory for processing. An initial period of sorting occurs to ensure only the highest quality cherries get depulped and separated for fermentation. After a period of fermentation, the coffees are washed and soaked in another tank to develop the recognizable crisp acidity and sparkly characteristics found in coffees from this region. In the final stage, a period of drying occurs where the coffee beans are covered on raised beds and manually rotated every few hours. The resulting coffee is uniquely sweet, bright, and clear. All of these qualities can be attributed to the immaculate processing techniques used at this factory.