Release #5: Karagoto AA 2018

A stunning Nyeri profile, this 2018 AA lot from the famed Karagoto factory possesses intense sweetness and acidity. Hallmarks of Nyeri coffee, the aroma has distinct black currant and baking spice that are also found in the cup which cools to reveal raspberry and citrus notes.

When we retired this Reserve Lot favorite from the menu last year, a tiny amount was saved in deep freeze storage for future enjoyment. As we near the peak of a beautiful autumn here in Lancaster, we couldn’t be more pleased to offer one last taste of this memorable coffee!

The Tekangu farmer’s cooperative society operates three factories (in Kenya, washing stations are usually referred to as “factories”) near the town of Karatina in the storied coffee producing region of Nyeri. The three Tekangu factories: Tegu, Ngunguru, and Karagoto have earned a notable reputation in recent years for being the source of highly sought-after Kenyan coffees thanks to excellent processing approaches and strategic reinvestment of earnings to support cooperative members with more effective agronomic practices.

SL28 and SL34 are among the most highly regarded of East African varieties for their ability to produce excellent cup quality. SL varieties derive their name from Scott Agricultural Laboratories, who, during a four year period from 1935-1939, made single tree selections from various origins to study for yield, quality, and drought and disease resistance. The fairly ubiquitous SL28 and SL34 varieties grown throughout Kenya today are arguably the most famous varieties from this research, which initially included forty-two trees.

Freezer Fridays

The Freezer Friday archival release series provides a unique new opportunity to explore Passenger’s treasure trove of notable harvests from the past. As those familiar with our approach to green coffee preservation will already know, we have actively stored our green coffee in an off-site deep freeze facility since our start as a company, keeping the coffees that we purchase in pristine condition following arrival.

While the majority of Reserve Lot coffees that we buy sell out within months of their first appearance on our menu, we have, since our start in 2014, saved small volumes of many of our most extraordinary coffees for future enjoyment. 

Inspecting the harvest at Gesha Village Estates

Selecting gems from the past at Passenger’s off-site freezer archive

This year we will begin to make a few of these “greatest hits” available for purchase in extremely limited quantities. Each release will be announced through Social Media and limited to 1 per order.

The archival lots that we will be releasing in this way are not only shining examples of plant genetics, terroir, and skilled processing, they also offer a unique nostalgic opportunity: to revisit our previous experiences with these coffees and acknowledge once again some of the true high-water marks of producers whose coffees we have been privileged to taste over the years.

• 10.30.20 Release #7: El Barril C.O.E. 2018

• 10.30.20 Release #6: Filadelpo Mejia C.O.E. 2017

• 10.16.20 Release #5: Karagoto AA 2018

• 08.28.2020 Release #4: Yabitu Koba 2018

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