Karogoto

kr 189

The coffee from Karogoto has a very distinct and intense fruity flavour with a refreshing acidity. Expect winey notes of rose hips, and blackcurrant.

Additional information

Weight 0.357 kg
Dimensions 15 × 7.5 × 23 cm
Roast Profile

Producer

Country

Kenya

Region

Nyeri

Cultivar

Process

Washed

Harvest

Flavour Notes

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The coffees from Karogoto are always super clean and have an intense fruity and floral flavour. This is because most of the members / farmers are still growing the SL28 cultivar and have received a lot of agricultural training over the years. The climatic conditions also contributes to the coffees intensity. The cool nights and moderately hot days slow down the ripening process and gives a very sweet, intense and unique coffee. The 2019/2020 harvest from Karogoto is exceptionally elegant and clean with vibrant acidity and a distinct flavour profile reminiscent of rose hips and hibiscus. During my visit in December 2019, I spoke with Ephraim which is the factory / mill manager at Karogoto. He was very concerned about the heavy rains they received during the harvest which made it difficult to dry the coffees evenly. We agreed that he would put some extra attention to a few lots during the peak of the harvest in order to make sure they were able to produce a good amount of high quality coffee despite the poor weather conditions. When I came back in February to do my selections, I was very pleased to find three out-turns that tasted super sweet, clean and vibrant. I ended up purchasing all of them.

ABOUT THE CULTIVARS

This coffee is produced by several hundred farmers, most of them growing the famous Kenyan SL28 and SL34 cultivars. While some have planted newer hybrids like Ruiru 11 and Batian you can clearly taste the clean and fruity flavours in this coffee that are so common for the SL cultivars.

KAROGOTO PRODUCTION PROCESS
Picking and sorting

The coffee cherries are typically hand picked by the farmers and their family members. After delivering the coffee cherries to the wet mill the good coffee cherries are separated from the inferior ones by hand sorting and they are delivered in separate cherry hoppers.

Depupling, fermenting & washing

The cherries are depulped and graded by using an old Aagard disc de-pulper that uses water and gravity to sort dense beans from less dense beans. Coffee of different grades are moved to separate fermentation tanks where the parchment coffee, with it’s mucilage still on, is dry fermented for about 12-16 hours over night. After fermentation the coffee is washed in clean water and graded once again by gravity. The more dense beans are dried separately from the beans with lower density and inferior quality.

Drying

The coffees are dried on elevated drying tables, where defect parchment coffee gets sorted out by hand. Drying the coffee takes about 10 – 14 days. During daytime the coffees are raked to ensure even drying. The drying tables are covered during the hottest times of the day to avoid over heating and also at night time to prevent condensation. The drying process is finished when the moisture content in the coffee beans is between 10-12%. After drying, the coffees are stored in conditioning bins before delivery to the dry mill. The coffees we buy from Kenya are always vacuum packed before it is shipped to Norway.

DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?

Yes, we are pleased to offer international shipping with either DHL or Norwegian Post (Posten). Unfortunately, due to custom challenges, we are not currently able to ship to Russia and China.

Note: There are some countries we are only able to send to with DHL at the moment as the Norwegian Postal  Service is not able to deliver to all countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check this website if your country is open for postal delivery with normal mail.

HOW MUCH DOES SHIPPING COST?

The shipping cost varies based on how many bags you order and the shipping method you choose. It is calculated during checkout.

Norwegian orders: We use Posten for packages delivered within Norway. With this service you can choose between normal mail without tracking or “Klimanøytral parcel” with tracking.

International orders: Customers based outside of Norway can choose between Norwegian mail service with no tracking or DHL with tracking.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY COFFEE?

Below you will find the estimated shipping times for the two shipping services we offer.

Norwegian Post (Posten)

Norway: 2 – 5 days
Sweden & Denmark: 3 – 9 days
Europe: 3 – 10 days
United States: 5 – 10 days
Rest of world: 7 – 20 days

DHL (Tracking provided)

Europe: 2 – 3 days
Rest of world: 3 – 4 days

Please note that because of varying degrees of lock downs due to the Covid-19 situation, deliveries outside of Norway with postal service may take anywhere from 1-6 weeks. DHL is not affected by this delay in a significant way. However this won’t affect the quality of your coffee. The bags are flushed with Nitrogen gas before they get vacuum sealed which maintains the freshness.

For more information, please see our FAQ page. If you still have any question, please send an email to hello@timwendelboe.no.

Coffee Berry Harvesting

Karogoto Wet Mill

Karogoto is a wet mill (also called factory) situated near Karatina town in Nyeri, Kenya. It is one of four wet mills that are owned by the Tekangu farmers cooperative society. There are numerous wet mills in Nyeri often just a few minutes drive from one to another. The reason for this is that Nyeri is home to thousands of smallholder farmers that owns on average 0,5 hectares of land where they typically grow coffee, maize, pasture and other crops. A farmer typically will pick her/ his coffee cherries and sell them to the nearest wet mill that is within walking distance. The cherries get bulked together before they are processed and dried by the staff on a cooperative wet mill and later sold to exporters at the weekly Kenyan coffee auction or directly to roasters.

Kenya is both a complicated and a very streamlined place to buy coffee. Unlike the origins we buy from in the Americas, it is slightly more challenging to find farmers that own enough land to be able to supply even small roasters like us. Most smallholder farmers sell their coffee to cooperatives and do not process or dry their own coffees.

Transparency

The farmers sell coffee cherries to the wet mills and deliver cherries several times during a harvest. The farmers are paid a price based on all the coffees they sold to the cooperative that year. The wet mill will process and dry the coffees before they get sent to the local mill for storage. Therefore, the cooperative by law charges no more than 20% of the selling price of the coffee. Most of the wet mills we buy from in Kenya publish the prices they paid for their coffees on their notice boards for the farmers to see and everything is recorded in their accounting. However, I still know that we can get better at providing transparency in Kenya and I really hope to step up our buying protocols and find more long term partners in Kenya in the years to come. All coffees are imported directly to Norway by ourselves.

See the mill on Google Maps

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