We are pleased to see the return to RAW of the beautiful coffee origin Peru. Grown by a group of farmers, all with small lot sizes on 1 – 3 hectares of land, yielding between 2 and 15 sacks of green beans we managed to purchase 20 tons of this lovely clean, superb-bodied, low-acidity coffee.
This Sheka Natural coffee is farmed and produced entirely from the Kawo Kamina farm in the Sheka region. Meticulously hand-picked ripe beans that are then graded again by hand, to remove impurities, then washed in spring water fermentation tanks, to remove unwanted green beans.
Segera Village is where the Moplaco wash station is located and these are cherries from the surrounding farmers. Sidamo has a nice altitude to allow for slow-growing coffee, and the farmland is still forested and beautiful. The station is at 2100 meters, and we select cherries from various villages of up to 2300 masl.
The Gedio region enjoys fertile iron-rich soils and a good spread of genetic variety due to the Heirloom varieties that grow here. With ongoing issues internally in the country, this coffee season has been an incredibly challenging one, with many farmers unable to even harvest their crops.
Established in 1914 this is one of the original East African coffee farms, originally established by the British Catholic Colonists. It is through the coffee income that they, over the last century, managed to establish and maintain about 15 institutions, which specialize in seminaries, academic development (Nyeri High School which is one of the best in Kenya), the Mathari Mission Hospital), and the Kamwenja Teachers College.