Willoughby's Coffee & Tea

Featured in December 2013 Box

For as much as we love tasting unique coffees from lesser known corners of the world, the familiar embrace of a great Kenyan brings us the comfort of returning home after a long trip. This month we’re thrilled to welcome Willoughby’s Coffee and Tea from New Haven, Connecticut to the Craft Coffee lineup with a dynamic offering from the Gaturiri Factori in Kenya. The Gaturiri Factory is one of four coffee processing mills in Nyeri, Kenya, a district with a long legacy of producing some of the country’s most expensive beans. Each of the four factories sets its own prices for unprocessed coffee cherries, and farmers, in turn, are free to take their crops to the factory that offers the highest price. It’s a competitive system that rewards growers for producing distinctive coffees. Once delivered to the factory the coffee cherries are carefully sorted by hand to ensure ripeness, then processed in the typical “Kenyan style” - an intensive process that takes over three weeks of labor to complete. This particular lot from the Gaturiri Factory was carefully selected to include only the finest beans from the dedicated farmers of Nyeri. Our expert panel is used to tasting a lot of Kenyan coffees, but we knew this one was special from the first sip. If there’s such a thing as an “instant classic” coffee, this is it.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Roaster

    Willoughby's Coffee & Tea
    New Haven Conneticut
  • Producer

    Gaturiri Factory, farmed by 960 smallholder farmers
  • Origin

    Nyeri, Central Highlands, Kenya
  • Varieties

    SL28, SL34
  • Elevation

    1,770 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed, sun-dried
  • Our Notes

    Vibrant currant and ruby-red grapefruit acidity mellows into candied apricot sweetness, with flavors of cashews and black cherries carrying into a long, buttery finish.