We receive fresh deliveries of these coffee beans twice per week. Please allow up to 3-4 working days after you order for dispatch in case we need to wait for the next delivery.
While this isn't the first coffee that we've tried from the Thiriku Cooperative, it is the first one roasted by our friends at Rosetta Roastery. You can read more about their reasons for choosing to source coffees from this cooperative below. Among the important ones are transparent buying practices that better reward the farmers.
The Thiriku Cooperative is in the Nyeri County of Kenya, a coffee-growing region that is recognised the world over for the quality of the specialty coffee it produces. Kenyan specialty producers have a reputation for meticulous processing and quality-grading practices, which is what has helped the coffees command significant prices at the end of the supply chain. We fully support efforts that ensure that more of that value is transferred back to the growers.
Phaedon's tasting notes
In the cupping bowl, this coffee struck me as deliciously quintessential. Bursting with berry aromas, bold, bright & sweet, it's exactly what people seek out Kenyan coffees for, particularly coffees from Nyeri. Once I had a chance to let the coffee cool and experience the full spectrum of flavours, I picked up blackcurrant and sultanas, with a lovely juicy mouthfeel.
Now that I've had a chance to experiment with this coffee, I realise how versatile and mercurial it is. My flavour notes are all over the place, in the most positive sense of the phrase. In my AeroPress brew, I picked up grapefruit notes. In my moka pot and French press, it reminded me of a fruit cocktail juice. In my Chemex, it reminded me of apples and dried fruit. In my MoccaMaster large batch brew, I picked up tropical fruit notes and some stone fruit. It's hard to believe that all of these experiences were one coffee. I'd suggest you buy a bag and get ready for some flavourful adventure.
Flavour profile: Rounded, currant, rooibos, light molasses
Grown at an altitude of almost 2000m ASL, these hard Kenyan beans make you work for those more notoriously sought-after notes of currant and rooibos which makes the initial soak time throughout the ramp key. We push heat heartily to first crack and try to maintain a steadily declining rate of rise following the endothermic spike.
We've been supporting a new initiative in Kenya for a few seasons, aiming to bring about a 'revolution' in the way coffee is traded in the country. Over the past few years, many growers in Kenya have left the industry - low prices and late payments being the main cause of discouraged growers. In spite of the high prices paid for Kenyan coffees, most of this has historically not reached the producers - and certainly not in a timely manner. Most of Kenya's coffee exporters are affiliated with large European buyers creating an unofficial oligopoly.
Trabocca is changing all this. They're partnering with co-operatives like Thiriku, paying double the going rate for coffee, helping guarantee cash flow at important times (such as fertilizing season) as well as helping improve agricultural practice and providing humanitarian aid in the community.
This push towards a more sustainable value chain in Kenya is vital in order to maintain - and improve - the distinctive cup profile we treasure so much!
- Producers: The Thiriku Cooperative
- Region: Tetu, Nyeri County, Central Region
- Country: Kenya
- Variety: SL28
- Altitude: 1880m - 1970m ASL
- Processing: Washed
- Harvest: 2020/2021