Fully Washed: After selective picking of the ripest cherries, the coffee is placed in a pulper, which will remove the skin and force the beans out of the cherry. This leaves the parchment and some mucilage intact, (in the fully washed process it is important that all the mucilage is removed to retain the sweet clean cup). There are two ways of doing this, either in fermentation tanks, or using a mechanical demucilager/pulper and friction to remove a set amount of mucilage. It is important to note that the mucilage contains a large percentage of sugars and natural alcohols which contribute largely to the sweetness and body in a coffee. Using fermentation tanks allows a host of microbes and bacteria to eat away the mucilage over a period of hours or days (anywhere from a few hours up to 48). The mechanical method uses friction, and often bristles to force off the mucilage leaving only the bean in its parchment. The upsides to using mechanical means is a lack of waste and much less water usage. However it is often hard to remove all the mucilage using the mechanical process, it’s often used in conjunction with the fermentation tanks, with 12-24 hours of soaking in clean water. An exception being the Kenyan washed process, which involves using running spring water to re-sort and clean.
Complex and full bodied with outstanding berry notes and a caramel aftertaste
Tano Ndogo is a newly formed (2017) farmers group from Gitwe, in Kiambu County. The group is composed of 3 brothers from the Muuru family, plus 2 neighbours from the same village.
The name Tano Ndogo means “small five” in Swahili, to represent the 5 founding members. The Muuru inherited their farms in 2001 when their father passed away and the blocks were split amongst his sons. Joseph, Francis and James have 3.3 acres each. While the neighbours, Gichega Farm and Kariru estate, are of similar sizes, but placed in the north of the same town.
Joseph, Francis and James are also the brothers of James Kariuki - the owner of Fram Farm - who was crowned winner of the East Africa Taste of Harvest competition in 2017. Not to be outdone, Tano Ndogo won 5th Place in the same competition this year.
700ml water at 96C, 100g to bloom, pulse pour the remainder.
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