Over the past couple of months we have really enjoyed working with Ritual Coffee Roasters. Every week a new batch of Los Gigantes beans has been delivered to RSC just one day after being roasted at Ritual's facility in San Francisco, CA. We hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy a Pour Over of the Los Gigantes and have decided it is time to move onto a new coffee from Ritual. If you've been looking for an excuse to stop by RSC, this week is the week to do it! Starting today we will be making Pour Overs of a coffee that is new to both Ritual and RSC, the Kaliluni Peaberry. There are a number of reasons that we are really excited to be bringing you this coffee:
1. Variety is the spice of life! Subscribe to the RSC Blog, Facebook page, and Twitter accounts to keep abreast of our consistently rotating coffees. Be the first of your friends to stop by the Studio to try the lastest and greatest. Chat it up with the Baristas to learn the background of each coffee and then impress your friends with your newly acquired knowledge!
2. Ritual has been a great partner for our guest coffee program. Freshly roasted coffee beans arrive on our doorstep weekly! They've got great people that care about their product (to the point of obsession!). Brandon, one of their coffee guru's is always happy to answer our questions about anything coffee related. For instance, on our last call with him, he not only told us about the Kaliluni coffee, but also gave us a history lesson on coffee sales in the Kaliluni's home country of Kenya.
3. The Kalilui coffee is from the great coffee growing country of Kenya. The soil and altitude of the growing regions in Kenya are perfectly suited for coffee growth. Further, coffee in Kenya is sold through an auction system with each bag going to the highest bidder. This encourages growers to achieve higher and higher quality crops to beat out their competition. And the competition is fierce; according to the Coffee Board of Kenya in 2005 there are 700,000 smallholders organized into 600 coops and 3300 estates. Kenya's government has also established very high quality parameters to grade coffee, which helps to further drive coffee farmers to produce the highest quality beans possible.
4. Great taste! Kenyan coffee is known for having sharp acidity, full body, and a very pointed fine flavor. The Kaliluni Peaberry doesn't disappoint! It is a very bright and flavorful coffee with notes of dried raspberries, Formosa Oolong, and roasted chestnuts.
Coffee Specs Provided by Ritual:
- Producer: Kaliluni Farmers Co-op Society
- Altitude: 2100 MASL
- Varietal: SL28, SL 35
- Flavors: Dried Raspberry, Oolong, Roasted Chestnuts
- About 80 kilometers south and west of the capitol of Nairobi, the members of the Kaliluni Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) grow these SL28 and SL34 variety coffees at elevations ranging from 1850 to 2100 meteres above sea level. This lot is a collection of some of the smallest beans from these trees, the peaberries. Peaberries are a result of a natural mutation of 4-6% of the trees, where the fruit of the tree produces only one seed instead of two. Unlike most of the northern coffee producing regions in Kenya that harvest throughout the winter, the Kaliluni FSC harvest sees the majority of their harvest in the summer as part of the fly crop.