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Country:Kenya
Region:Kirinyaga
Producer:Patrick Mathagu
Farm:Mamuto
Farm Size:21 acres total; 13 acres of coffee
Altitude:5,070 ft.
Varietals:SL28
Harvest:December 2021
Rainfall:Low to moderate~ approximately 40 inches
Soil:Red volcanic loam
Production Method:Washed

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Country:Kenya
Region:Kirinyaga
Producer:Patrick Mathagu
Farm:Mamuto
Farm Size:21 acres total; 13 acres of coffee
Altitude:5,070 ft.
Varietals:SL28
Harvest:December 2021
Rainfall:Low to moderate~ approximately 40 inches
Soil:Red volcanic loam
Production Method:Washed
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We are very excited about this year’s Mamuto. First – the weather was good! An excellent crop was produced which was expertly processed by Mamuto. Second – last year Mamuto was subjected to a long wait at the gates of the Suez canal, and arrived two months later somewhat aged; while it still had that wonderful blackberry note it also struggled with woody flavors that dimmed its full expression. This year shipping is still worse, with clogged ports at origin and destination. So, we flew it in, direct to Boston. This is the best Mamuto in years and we start roasting it this Monday!
Mamuto is one of the very few farms growing strictly the SL28 variety. More prone to fungus than newer varieties, it is slowly being replaced with hybrids bred for resistance. The new beans are simply not as good, in our opinion. A great SL28 is, again in our opinion, easily equal to the best geshas and, as old timers taken for granted by the industry, far less expensive – and very different in flavor. While many compare Gesha to Champagne, a great SL28 is the Bordeaux of coffee. We will keep you updated on our first roasts of this Grand Cru – as we discover all its properties and get it to its deepest expression.
-George


Mamuto has developed a reputation for extraordinary quality few farms anywhere in the world can match. Mamuto is a true Grand Cru coffee, harvesting year after year, 100% of the unique SL28 variety to produce perhaps the world’s most luscious coffee, dripping with deep sweet blackberry.


George Howell Coffee has been buying Mamuto since 2006. It has never faltered. Walter Mathagu’s coffees, always ripe and sweet, have ranged from excellent to exquisite as weather patterns challenged but never overcame him. To experience Mamuto, roasted and brewed properly, is to drink a coffee in every way comparable to the finest red wines.
More than anyone, Walter has put his coffee region, Kirinyaga, on the map; he has raised small farmer awareness to what is possible, and brought seekers of great specialty coffee in growing numbers to his area. Thank you, Walter!
See George's farm visit to Mamuto
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