Kenya Dry Process Thuti Factory

The aroma is densely packed with fruit, as is the cup, stewed berries and cooked rhubarb, dark grape, palm sugar, sorghum, and with cinnamon stick and whole clove accentuated in the finish. City to Full City.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Africa
Processing Dry Process (Natural)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date September 2018 Arrival
Lot size 7
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail SL-28, SL-34, Batian, Ruiri 11
Grade AB / AA
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 15 - 19 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City
Type Farm Gate

To be honest, we've shied away from anything but wet processing from Kenya. I mean, if you're consistently producing top tier coffee to begin with, why change things up? But Thuti coffee factory ventured into dry processing on a small test-batch basis this year, and as skeptical as we were when the samples arrived, we were quickly won over by this delicious berry-toned natural that cups with surprising cleanliness given the process, and can honestly say cup complexity has not been compromised! Thuti was the first Factory erected under the Othaya Farmer's Cooperative Society (FCS) back in 1958. Othaya has 18 Factories in all, and we've been fortunate enough to buy coffee from a handful over the past couple of years (Chinga, Gatugi, Ichamama, name just a few). Thuti is located in Gatugi village (you likely recognize that name as another Othaya Factory), and was erected next to the Thuti River. The processing site sits at 1800 meters above sea level, and a few hundred farmer members harvest coffee from a combined 160+ hectares of a a mix of SL-28, SL-35, and small amounts of Ruiri 11 and Batian. Due to the limited quantity, we are only offering in 1, 2, and 5 LB bags.

The aroma is densely packed with berry smells, sorghum syrup sweetness, and soft spice highlights. The fruited characteristics are pulpy at times, like grape skins, and jammy too, which I can put my finger on as blueberry jam to be more specific. Fruited characteristics in the cup have a stewed berry and cooked rhubarb quality which are strong and central, along with dark grape and dried strawberry accents. The sweetness comes off like date and palm sugars, constructing sugary sweet base flavor that has a rustic edge. Baking spice notes of cinnamon stick and whole clove are accentuated in the finish and long aftertaste, as is a light floral hint to a lesser extent. Thuti's body is big and weighty, to be expected from the dry process method, and acidity is toned down quite a bit from what you might expect from a standard washed Kenya.