Arthur & Josephine Mbogoh
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Our relationship with Arthur and Josephine Mbogoh is getting stronger every season. In 2018 we were introduced to the small farmers community that the family is part of. The cup quality convinced us just as much as the willingness of both to work on quality and sustainability with us. Rich and fertile volcanic soil give this kenian delicacy it’s flavour: notes of blackcurrant, vanilla, plum and rose are coupled with high sweetness. The mouthfeel is jammy.
New Kenyan laws changed in 2018 and it allowed us to purchase directly from smaller farms. Mbokam are part of a small farmer community of around 70 farmers that connected to improve their coffee farming practice together, and to identify international roasters to have a direct and steady relationship with.
The volcanic soil at Mbokam Estate is very nutritious and erosion control is provided by a terrace system. The estate possesses an extraordinary microclimate: it faces north toward Mount Kenya and it is divided by a creek which keeps things cool even during the hot sunny spells. Colder mornings and evenings allow the cherries to ripen slowly, creating a unique and complex cup profile. Combined with classic Kenyan double washed processing method makes for a brew with incredible clarity of flavour.