The Kiri washing station was established in 1997 and rests on a 5 acres piece of land serving Gitumbi, Kirunyuini, Kerere and Kaboia Villages. Currently it is affiliated to Ngiriambu Farmers Co-operative Society Ltd and it houses the society head office. The Kiri washing station is located in Central Province, Kirinyaga County in Njukiini location of Gichugu Division near Kianyaga town. Its membership currently stands at 1400 of which 1200 are active farmers while 200 are inactive farmers. The area experiences moderate bimodal rainfall of about 1200mm p.a. with temperatures ranging between 13 – 25 degrees. The long rains fall between March-May while the short rains come between October and December. The area experiences a biennial production cycle with the early harvest being from April-June and the late second season being from October-December.
- Producers: Pranoy Thipaiah, Ajoy Thipaiah
- Region: Chikmagalur
- Type: 100% Fine Robusta
- Roast Profile: Filter Roast
- Altitude: 1160 MASL
- Process: Snakehead Naturals
- Varieties: CxR Robusta
- Flavor Notes: Clove, Vanilla, Pastry
Looking through the windows of De Longpre apartment near LA’s Thai Town, Charles Bukowski lived most of his years in the sixties and the seventies alchemizing the rugged, coarse and ugly aspects of Los Angeles into his transformative and beautiful verses. A very talented poet who converted some of life’s strangest, darkest and disturbing moments into vividly moving imagery, he is to be appreciated for his tremendous ability to enable anyone to find delight even in life’s roughest experiences. Robusta coffee – Arabica’s sister in the shadows is considered inferior, rougher and undesirable. But Pranoy Thipaiah of Kerehaklu Estate is writing a refreshing new chapter in the grand tale of Fine Robusta coffee and we are proud exponents of it. We present to you this unique lot of Snakehead Naturals Robusta dedicated to Charles Bukowski.
If the great modern poets could be compared to coffees, all of them would be specialty Arabicas, but good old Charles would stand out as a Fine Robusta. Perceived as too rugged, too bold and sometimes too mad, all it took was a single reading of a few of his raw verses to experience the phenomenal depth of the man. We invite you to experience our Fine Robusta masterpiece – conceptualized and brought to fruition by the passion, creativity and hard work of Pranoy Thipaiah – that will change your opinion of Robustas henceforth and widen your horizons of coffee understanding. Our light to medium filter roast reveals gentle spice notes of clove that diplomatically make way for hints of vanilla and a sweet pastry finish. Expect a full-bodied cup, silky texture throughout and a pleasant bitterness that lingers for just the right amount of time. Bukowski was judged, misunderstood, rejected and even hated. He didn’t seem to care and went about his poetry and craziness in absolute style. It didn’t take much time for his rebutters to turn into exalters. Kerehaklu’s daring Robusta lot holds its very own form of magic. Here’s your chance to experience it.
Block name: Doddagandi Upper Block
Block details: Avocado, fig and jackfurit in canopy and understory
Soil: clay like but well drained soil
Biodiversity: bison and boar seen in this block
Brix at harvest: 25
Fermentation: Sequential underwater for 72 hours in ambient conditions of shade, aeration and regular mixing.
Drying: 20 days in polyhouse
Raking on raised beds: By hand every 30 mins
Ageing: In jute, off the ground