Kenya Kirinyaga Baragwi Kagongo Peaberry
• Big body
• Liquorice and Black Berry
• Poppy Seed
First Kenya of the (new) season is a Peaberry from the Kirinyaga District in the Southern part of the famous Mount Kenya, close to the town of Muchagara.
The factory is under Baragwi Co-operative Society, and based on 1700-1800 meter above sea-level on rich, sandy, volcanic soils. They process here since 1986.
The botanical variety of this coffee is SL34 and SL28; my favorites. 🙂
The screen is a Peaberry:
A peaberry (also called caracol, or “snail” in Spanish) is a natural mutation of the coffee bean inside its cherry. Normally coffee beans grow two to a fruit, flat against each other like halves of a peanut, but a funny thing happens in about 5% of the world’s coffee, and a bean is born an only child. And, perhaps just like that only child, the peaberry beans get kind of spoiled by not having to share with anybody else. They tend to be smaller, denser, and, let’s face it, just a little bit cuter than their flat cousins. Fans think they taste noticeably sweeter and more flavorful than standard-issue beans; naysayers insist they can’t tell the difference.
Our general experience is that the Peaberries keep their taste longer (green or roasted) and have less acidity than the AA or AB brothers.