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Kiringa

Kiringa

Our first season working with coffees from Long Miles’ Thunguri station in Northeastern Kirinyaga.

Ripe forest berries are balanced by a rich and syrupy sweetness.

  • Producer
    Kiringa Farmers
  • Coffee expression
    A fruity & acidic coffee
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Our first release from Long Miles’ own station in Kirinyaga.

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Long Miles purchased the Thunguri washing station in the north of Kirinyaga in 2019, and have just completed their first full harvest season. We were able to visit the station in January of this year, and have been awaiting the arrival of this year’s lots since. Being able to spend time with the team on the ground, absorbing their genuine and passionate drive for better conditions and welfare for their partner farmers, was one of the most inspiring parts of the trip. They have been funding trees for farmers, mainly Macadamia and Avocado. Planting these trees sequesters carbon, giving access to green grants, allowing Long Miles to fund community projects and agronomic support for farmers through their Coffee Scout programme. The farmers also get to sell the products from the trees to market, giving them an extra source of income.

Thunguri

The factory itself has been intensely refurbished since it was purchased, and has employed highly skilled experts in the field. Station employees visit each farmer to collect cherry, in order to increase their engagement, making sure of conditions on the farm, and of the quality of the cherry that enters the factory. Cherry collected from each small zone, similar to the hills model in Burundi, are kept separate. This allows the creation of micro-lots by zone and by days picking. Through extensive tasting we were slowly able to observe how conditions and micro-climate combine to create distinct taste profiles, and even tasted a few separated single farmer lots, processed in the field on small hand-cranked depulpers. Long Miles are committed to growing slowly, building trust within the community and creating a real difference for their partner coffee farmers, just as they have in Burundi. Furthermore, the team are in discussions about a small plot of land in western Kenya, not far from the border with Uganda, where they look to establish their own farm, planted from scratch with a focus on regenerative farming practices.

We visited the team at the station in January, and were able to cup their very first out turns.

Long Miles

Kiringa

Last year, we purchased coffees from neighbouring mills that Long Miles had been working together with, those they had visited and joined in their quality control procedures. We feel privileged to have been involved in the project at such an early stage, and feel a great investment in the future of Long Miles’ project in Kenya.

This year, the output from Thunguri was much higher, and we are excited to have secured all of the AA grade coffee that was exported to Europe from the station this year. Over the coming weeks, we will release 3 day lots, all from the small Kiringa zone, one of the regions selected by Long Miles to collect cherry from.

On the edge of the beautiful Mount Kenya Forest, the soils here are rich and fertile, and mainly used to grow tea. During a drive through the rolling hills of Kiringa, it is actually rather rare to see a coffee tree, with just a few plots interspersed between swathes of lush green tea fields.

These coffees are our first step together with the team at Thunguri, and we look forward to the coming seasons of collaboration. It’s very exciting to have one of our closest and most trusted partners involved in one of our favourite origins, and have every confidence that this is just the start of a fruitful and delicious adventure.

Technical Data

  • Producer

    Kiringa Farmers
  • Region

    Kirinyaga
  • Altitude

    1600 masl
  • Varietal

    SL28, Ruiru 11
  • Process

    Washed
  • Harvest

    December 2021

Washed Process

The washed process involves completely removing both the cherry and the mucilage from the outside of the parchment with the use of friction, fermentation and water. After being harvested, the coffee cherry is then sliced open by either a metal or a sharp plastic blade.

The two seeds (also known as beans) are pushed out of the cherry, which leaves the seed with mucilage as their outermost layer. It is essential in the washed process that all mucilage is removed from the seed which leaves only the flavour that developed in the cell structure of the seed prior to processing.


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