Krampus - An "Unfriendly" Onyx Holiday Origin
Krampus is named after the mythical half-goat, half-demon that is St. Nicholas’s companion and punishes naughty children during Christmas season. The coffee chosen to be named after this strange Christmas tradition this year is Kenya Thikagiki, a single origin coffee from the Nyeri region.
- Roast: medium roast
- Acidity: complex
- Body: juicy
Taste Notes: Burnt Sugar, Black Currant, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate
- Process: washed
- Origin: Kenya Thikagiki
- Varietal: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11
- Altitude: 2,000 masl
From The Head Roaster at Onyx Coffee Lab:
"Nestled in the southern slopes of Mt. Kenya lies the Thikagiki Farmers Cooperative of Kiriani. Coming from a small cooperative, by Kenyan standards, this coffee is the first to arrive from our recent exploration of Kenya in February. We purchased this from the auction in Nairobi this past spring with the intent of bringing Krampus back to life. Last year we unsure of how this coffee would fare and it turned out to be one of our most popular coffees. Taking a dense, high-acid coffee and developing it for an incredibly long time during the roast has yielded a perfect cup of comfort coffee. Black currant brightness, smokey burnt sugar, spices and deep sweetness all combine holistically to create a sensory experience that embraces that holidays and yet keeps you on your toes."
Hambela is owned by three brothers: Aman, Michael, and Tariku Adinew. The property belonged to their parents but had been abandoned for decades until they invested and reclaimed the old family tradition of coffee farming. The farm is certified organic, and the brothers have a tremendous heart for people and quality coffee. Within Hambela there are multiple coffee cherry drop spots. Buku is our favorite macro-lot from within this system.
This year will be the fifth year we have bought both the washed and natural coffees from this lot, and they taste and cup unbelievably."