VIVE L'AFRIQUE SIX PACK - filter roast ***pre-order***

$70.00

Ever thought....."jeeze, I'd quite like an all African  - Roasters Choice & a lovely pink Vive L'Afrique t-shirt to wear while brewing ". Well friends....wait no longer, you'll get:

6 x 75gram bags of coffee & one pink "Vive L'Afrique" screen printed t-shirt.

{orders open until Tuesday 7th December  t-shirt printing the following week... roasting & posting Thursday 9th December.... put a note of your shirt size in the checkout......} 

1 - ALPHA NEW CO-OP - Democratic Republic of Congo

This is the first years' production from the Alpha New co-op. In 2017 with help from the government & Technoserve {a non-profit helping reduce poverty in the developing world} land was purchased & a wet mill constructed.

The coffee was grown & harvested by small-holder farmers. The farmers deliver cherries to the washing station where they are de-pulped, fermented, washed then sun-dried for 14 days.

This lot is 100% Bourbon a natural mutation of Typica originating from what was called Île Bourbon. The colour of the cherries can be either yellow, pink, orange or in this case red when ripe.

2 - GISANGA - Rwanda

This coffee is processed at the Gisanga Washing Station in the Southern province of Rwanda. The station is run in collaboration with the KOAPAMBU Cooperative, consisting of over 800 small-holder farmers in the central plateau.

The farmers harvest ripe coffee cherries & deliver them to the washing station. The cherries are then hand-sorted to remove any under or over-ripe cherries, de-pulped, wet fermented, washed, soaked in spring water & finally sun-dried on raised beds.

*This lot is 100% Red Bourbon is a natural mutation of Typica originating from La Réunion, formerly known as Île Bourbon. Cherries can be either red, yellow, orange or pink when ripe. Bourbon is 1/3rd more productive than Typica.

3 - KAYANZA MASHA - Burundi

This lot was processed at the Masha Coffee Washing Station. Coffee cherries are purchased from farmers in the surrounding hills. Farmers & are paid over the market rate for coffee cherries.

Masha also distributes composted coffee pulp & seedlings back to the farmers. This lot is fully washed. After harvest the coffee cherries are delivered to the washing station Here they are sorted for any under or over-ripe cherries, de-pulped, wet-fermented, washed, soaked in clean water & finally dried on raised beds for 2-3 weeks.

This lot is 100% Bourbon a natural mutation of Typica originating from what was called Île Bourbon. The colour of the cherries can be either yellow, pink, orange or in this case red when ripe.

4 - GUJI - washed - Ethiopia

This lot was processed at the Arsosala Washing Station. The coffee was grown by about 1200 small-holder farmers who have farms in the surrounding area. The farms are at very high altitudes.

Coffee is planted amongst the families' food crops. After harvesting, the ripe cherries are taken to the washing station. They are de-pulped, graded, sorted, fermented underwater for 36-48 hours, washed, sorted & placed on raised "African" drying beds where they are dried for 7-14 days.

This lot is rather unusual as the varietal isn't Ethiopia Landrace as in 99% of coffee grown in Ethiopia but Bourbon, a natural mutation of Typica originating from La Réunion, formerly known as Île Bourbon. Cherries can be either red, yellow, orange or pink when ripe. Bourbon is 1/3rd more productive than Typica.

5 - ADADO - natural - Ethiopia

This coffee is processed at the Adado Washing Station. Small-holder farmers grow the coffee in the surrounding area near Yirga Cheffe in the Gedeo region of Ethiopia. Coffee is planted amongst the farmers' own food crops at high altitudes in rich, fertile soil. After harvest, coffee is delivered to a collection point near home, then taken to the washing station where the coffee is sorted for any under or over-ripe cherries, de-pulped, fermented, washed & sun-dried.

This lot is Ethiopia Landrace. Ethiopia has many thousands of indigenous coffee varieties, we've seen figures of between 6-10000. Some of these have names, there are indeed cultivars {Bourbon74110} & hybrid coffees {Ababuna} available. Ethiopian Landrace are coffees that have come from the coffee forests, these are domesticated, locally adapted traditional varieties.

6 - KAMAGOGO - Kenya

Kamagogo is one of four coffee factories {washing stations} owned by the 3500 members of the Kiru Farmers Cooperative Society {FCS}.

The Kamagogo Coffee Factory was built in the 1970s & processes the coffee from 1000 co-op members. The average farm size is 1/2 an acre with around 300 coffee trees.

Coffee cherries are selectively handpicked & taken to the coffee factory the same day. There they are sorted for any over or under-ripe cherries, de-pulped, fermented, washed & sun-dried on raised beds for 7-15 days.

At the factory, there is a demonstration plot where farmers are taught various coffee-growing practices throughout the year.

SL28 was bred by Scott Laboratories in 1931 from various coffees from Ethiopia, Sudan & Yemen. SL34 is a mutation of French Mission Bourbon selected by Scott Laboratories in the '30s. Ruiru 11 was developed at the Coffee Research Station in 1985 to be resistant to coffee leaf rust & coffee berry disease. Batian was also developed at the Coffee Research Station for disease resistance & released in 2010.