French Mission - Kenya - Washed Red Bourbon - Espresso
Flovor: Maple syrup, cherries & chocolate
Cupping score: 88.5
Producer: Boyce Harries
Varietal: Kenya red Bourbon French Mission
Process: Kenyan washed
Altitude: 1525 MASL
Roasted for: Espresso - medium roast
The Harries family has run Chania Estate for several generations. It is one of the last two medium-sized farms in Kenya today. It is located on deep volcanic red soils and borders the Chania River on an area of 73 hectares. Together with the Oreti farm, also owned by the Harries family, it has nearly 80 hectares of native and planted forests to encourage biodiversity.
Today the Chania and Oreti farms are planted with more than 50% red Bourbon. The rest includes Ruiru 11, K7, SL28 and the new Batian variety. The farms employ 40 people full-time, but during the harvest, up to 300 employees are needed to select and prepare coffee. A kindergarten has been opened on the farm to take care of the employees' children.
The coffee harvest is done entirely by hand, and the coffees are all processed on-site. Most coffees are processed wet, but Boyce also produces plain coffees, honey, or mono-varietal micro-lots
The Kenyan fully-washed process is a special process that involves double fermentation. After de-pulping, the cherries dry ferment in vats for 8 to 12 days. They are then washed and dry fermented a second time in vats for 5 hours. After this double fermentation, the cherries are washed again and then immersed in water to remove all the mucilage overnight. The next morning, the cherries are spread in a thin layer on drying tables (no more than 2 or 3 cherries deep) and left to air for about 4 hours to reduce the cherry moisture content to 55%. The cherries are then placed on African beds for two weeks to reach 10 to 12% humidity.