Bomu la matunda
This coffee is very special to us. It is the first time we buy naturals from Kenya and this region has impressed us with its potential for coffee production. Mara Estate is located in the Narok County and 600 acres are planted with coffee trees. The variety they grow is Batian, and these trees are 2 years old. In this side of the Kenyan country, harvest follows a different pattern compared to the coffees we usually purchase. Coffees are harvested between May and July, which means that we will see our coffees shipping in September/October.
Mara Coffee was created in 2019. As coffee production is relatively new in this area, the farm was set up from the ground. This area is very favourable for coffee growing, however historically the local tribe, the Masai people, have been pastoral nomads. The farm is near the town of Lolgorien and only a couple of kilometres away from the Masai Mara.
About this coffee
Cupping score: 88.25
Processing station: Mara Estate
Producer: Mara Coffee
Altitude: 1600 – 1800 MASL
Variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
SL28 was identified on a single tree in Tanzania and soon became ubiquitous thanks to its drought-resistance, high yield, and desirable cup profile. Since then, it has spread to other coffee-growing origins, including Uganda and Central America.
SL34 is also part of the Bourbon-Typica family and has adapted to grow in high altitude areas with a good amount of rainfall.
For this process, they are fermenting the cherry in barrels for 4 days and then dry it on raised beds. Before putting the cherries inside the barrels, it is carefully handpicked in order to remove the defective cherries. The coffee is then handpicked a second time during the dried process.