SL 28, SL 34
An average smallholder from this area typically works around 0.5 of a hectare of land, upon which coffee is grown alongside yam, breadfruit, banana, corn and beans. Coffee is primarily grown as a cash crop; harvested through September to January (with the pick of the season being around December) the money earned from each harvest will often form the bulk of a producers annual income.
SL 28 and SL 34 are the main varietals grown in this region and throughout the country. Noted for their bright, distinct acidities and sweet jammy bodies these coffees have become synonymous with Kenya; rarely being grown anywhere else outside Africa with success due to the favourable climatic conditions and rich red volcanic soil that East Africa naturally has in abundance.
This particular coffee, a blend of both SL 28 and SL 34, displays all of the hallmarks of a fine Kenyan speciality lot; sweet, viscous, with a lingering cola like acidity that is both refreshing and invigorating. Deep plum and blackcurrant notes round out the cup and are balanced by the crisp acidity and a clean apple bite on the finish.
We’ve found that brewing this coffee on our Clever Dripper has given us great, consistent results. Starting with a dose of 19g, add 270ml of water and steep for 2.30 minutes, around the 1.45 mark lift the Clever onto your decanter and release the brew which should take around 45 secs to filter through.
Sit back, drink and be happy.