Kenya Kiambu, Komo Karaoke

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Kenya Kiambu, Komo Karaoke

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James Komo Karaoke farms six parcels of land, comprising a total of roughly 8,000 coffee trees. He and five of his uncles and aunts collectively process their coffee at the family’s wet-mill. Investing collectively in a shared mill empowers them beyond the level of many small farmers who can’t process specialty grade on-farm. James is the only second generation to be producing under his own name. Several small fermentation tanks allow the family to maintain lot separation even in peak harvest. The traditional disk de-pulper and concrete tanks have been there since his grandmother’s time.

This year, James won the prestigious Taste of Harvest competition for all of Africa held by the African Fine Coffees Association, scoring the highest average point value against renowned coffees from Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania. Our importer, Shared Source, tracked James down themselves to visit his farm and forge what will hopefully be a long-term purchasing relationship.

From a profile standpoint, this is one of the most memorable coffees we’ve tasted this year, and unique in its character among other Kenyan coffees. Extremely juicy with a malty, sarsparilla quality that nicely balances with blackberry, bergamot and smoked tea. We bought only a very small amount that we could get our hands on, and feel lucky to share it with you.

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