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Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ

$66.00

Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ
Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ Crown Offerings - 3 African Coffees Bundle - 8 OZ
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*We only have 4 roasts of each of these coffee. We must have 8 orders of this bundle to trigger roasting. Order will ship or be delivered after 8 orders have been placed and coffee is roasted. *
We are very excited to bring this very special set of three African coffees. These are some of the best coffees we've ever carried, and some of the best coffees produced in the world. The are the best of the best, giving them the Crown Title. Order now and secure your bags. 
3, 8 OZ Bags.

KENYA NYERI DOUBLE WASHED / DOUBLE FERMENTED

ORIGIN INFORMATION
Grower
400 producers organized around the Mahiga Factory
Variety
SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian
Region
Mumwe, Nyeri, Kenya
Harvest
October-December 2019
Altitude
1700-1890 masl
Soil
Volcanic loam
Process
Double Fermented and Double Washed: Pulped, Fermented underwater for 12 hours, Washed to minimize mucilage, Fermented underwater for 12-36 hours, Soaked in fresh water for 16hrs, Cleaned and sorted in grading channels, Dried on Raised beds for 14 days
Certifications

BACKGROUND DETAILS
Mt. Kenya, at the helm of Kenya’s Central Province, is the second tallest peak on the continent of Africa and a commanding natural presence. The mountain itself is a single point inside a vast and surreal thicket of ascending national forest and active game protection communities. The central counties of Kenya extend from the center of the national park, like six irregular pie slices, with their points meeting at the peak of the mountain. It is along the lower edge of these forests where, in wet, high elevation communities with mineral-rich soil (Mt. Kenya is a stratovolcano) many believe the best coffees in Kenya, often the world, are crafted. Nyeri is perhaps the most well-known of these central counties. Kenya’s coffee is dominated by a cooperative system of production, whose members vote on representation, marketing and milling contracts for their coffee, as well as profit allocation. Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society, the umbrella organization that includes Rukira Factory, is one of Kenya’s larger societies, with 19 different factories and more than 14,000 farmer members across the southern Nyeri region. The Mahiga Factory has 400 members actively harvesting and delivering to the processing center. The factory’s total cherry intake tends to hover around 130,000 kgs, meaning the average member of Mahiga is farming enough coffee fruit for roughly two 30kg unit of exportable green. The economics of smallholder systems are consistently difficult, and in Kenya in particular the number of individual margins sliced off an export price before payment reaches the actual farms is many, leaving only a small percentage to support coffee growth itself, and most often this arrives many months after harvest. However, Kenya coffees are sold competitively by quality, which means well-endowed counties like Nyeri achieve very high average prices year after year, and the smallholders here with a few hundred coffee trees at the most, plus additional land uses available and local job markets, are widely considered to be middle class. Kenya is of course known for some of the most meticulous at-scale processing that can be found anywhere in the world. Bright white parchment, nearly perfectly sorted by density and bulk conditioned at high elevations is the norm, and a matter of pride, even for generations of Kenyan processing managers who prefer drinking Kenya’s tea (abundantly farmed in nearby Muranga county) to its coffee. Ample water supply in the central growing regions has historically allowed factories to wash, and wash, and soak, and wash their coffees again entirely with fresh, cold river water. Conservation is creeping into the discussion in certain places--understandably in the drier areas where water, due to climate change, cannot be as taken for granted—but for the most part Kenya continues to thoroughly wash and soak its coffees according to tradition. The established milling and sorting by grade, or bean size, is a longstanding tradition and positions Kenya coffees well for roasters, by tightly controlling the physical preparation and creating a diversity of profiles from a single processing batch.

ETHIOPIA BEDHATU JIBCO NATURAL

ORIGIN INFORMATION
Grower
Bedhatu Jibicho and neighboring independent farmers
Variety
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Region
Banko Gogiti, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
Harvest
October-December 2019
Altitude
1800 – 1900 masl
Soil
Vertisol
Process
“Natural” dried in the cherry on raised beds in the sun.
Certifications
Organic
BACKGROUND DETAILS
Bedhatu Jibicho is like family here at Royal and her family’s journey in coffee is emblematic of the recent changes in the Ethiopian export rules, which have opened new opportunities to develop relationships with vertically integrated suppliers. Roba and Family Coffee, established by Bedhatu’s sons, is one example of a newly formed export company now directly offering lots from the Gedeb district including their mother’s coffee. While the Roba family has expanded their reach to support other producers, we are always pleased to have an offering from Bedhatu’s 84-acre farm, which she has personally managed for over 50 years without the use of chemical inputs. Larger than most farms in the area, Bedhatu employs 20 year-round workers and another 130 seasonal workers for the harvest who are primarily women. For this natural processed coffee, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to separate out less dense and damaged coffee, and then placed on raised beds where it is hand sorted again and dried over a period of 20 days. The cherries are often covered during the afternoons to prevent harsh drying in the intense sun. As a family owned business, emphasis on social impact in the communities where they source coffee is taking shape. The Roba family has invested in more localized cherry collection sites to reduce the transportation cost for other producers. They have also contributed to road construction projects that make travel a bit easier for everyone.

ETHIOPIA BANKO GOTITI DOUBLE WASHED

ORIGIN INFORMATION
Grower
METAD Agricultural Development PLC
Variety
Indigenous Heirloom Varieties
Region
Banko Gotiti, Gedeb, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
Harvest
October - December
Altitude
1600 - 2300 masl
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Fully washed after depulping and fermenting for 36-48 hours, soaked overnight in clean water, and dried on raised beds in the sun.
Certifications
Organic
BACKGROUND DETAILS
This coffee is sourced from METAD Agricultural Development PLC (METAD). METAD is a third-generation family owned business with a rich history that began after World War II when the Ethiopian Emperor awarded Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot and family matriarch, with land in the Guji and Sidama zones that has become the Hambela Coffee Estate. METAD is managed by Aman Adinew who returned to Ethiopia after many years working abroad at the executive level for multiple fortune 500 companies because he wanted to make a difference for his family and community. Through Aman’s leadership, METAD has strengthened the local community with employment opportunities including a workforce that is over seventy percent women, educational opportunities including university scholarships and sponsorship for a state-of-the-art elementary school with more than 700 students, and healthcare for employees. METAD was also first to partner with Grounds for Health in Ethiopia to implement a successful cervical cancer screening program for women within the coffee growing communities. METAD has an expanding Out-grower program designed to provide technical assistance, share modern farming equipment, and provide certification programs for more than 5,000 local farmers who are paid premiums for their cherry and second payments after coffee is sold. Quality and certification premiums have also helped METAD build roads and community centers. METAD has the first and only private state-of-the-art SCAA certified coffee quality control lab on the African continent used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals.