Kenya Kirinyaga GAKUYU INI AA

  • Violet, Marsepan, Yellow Prunes
  • Refreshing Acidity
  • Notes of Elixir d’Anvers Liquor

Variety: SL 28/SL 34

Soil: Red Volcanic

Processing: Fully washed & dried on African beds

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: This AA was my favourite coffee on our buying trip earlier the year. Certainly the sparkling acidity was something we didn’t taste in a very long time.

During the harvest, farmers selectively handpick the ripest, reddest cherries, which are then delivered to the cooperative’s wet mill on the same day. Cherries are hand sorted prior to pulping, with damaged and under ripe cherries being separated out from the red, ripe lots, and are further defined into lots according to quality. After pulping the coffee is fermented for between 12 to 16 hours. After fermentation, the coffee is washed in clean, fresh river water to remove all traces of mucilage before being delivered through sorting channels to dry on raised beds.

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Kenya Kirinyaga THAITA AB

  • Green banana and floral notes
  • Candy sweetness (when cooling down)
  • Very clean and bright cup

Processing: Washed

Annual rainfall: 1518mm

Soil: Red volcanic

Altitude: Between 1634 en 1900 masl

Importer: 32 cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: Thaita is named after a coffee factory in Kirinyaga, our most loved Kenyan coffee region, and is affiliated to the Inoi Farmers Co-op Society

AB is the size of the bean and the most common bean size for specialty coffee in this country. Approximately 30% of the beans in country is AB cataloged. In taste it is not always easy to pick an AB in between an AA and PB, although in general they are less acidic than the AA and have less body and a more open flavor than the PB beans.

Kenya Nyeri NDIMA-INI PB

  • Packed with pulpy citrus
  • Tropical notes
  • Clean/transparant/spectacular

Screening: Peaberry 15 Screen

Variety: SL 28 & SL 34

Region: Nyeri district, Mathira division

Exporter : Kenyacof

Rob Says: The varietals are both SL-28 and SL-34, originally hybrids produced by Scot Labs traced back to French Mission Bourbon, and known for producing an extremely complex cup.

This coffee was purchased through the Kenya auction system, so we made a offer and had the risk of losing it, but finally we made a very good deal and bought the full lot. This coffee is a Caffenation exclusive one.

 

Planning: this coffee should land around the first week of August 2017, and available from half August on….

Kenya Nyeri NEW KIRIMI AB

  • Red apple, cookie dough and cinnamon notes
  • Medium body
  • Very fruity and sweet

Variety: SL 28 & 34

Soil: Volcanic soil

Process: Washed

Importer: 32 cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: New coffee name on the horizon. We heard of the Kiri and we know the Kirinyaga region, but this New Kirimi has nothing to do with it. What we do know is that we bought this small AB lot, out of the Nyeri region, directly from Specialty Coffee exporters Kenyacof in Nairobi. Every year I go visit Charles and his team and taste around 300 coffees, out of which I select 10 lots. Then we have them vac packed and shipped carefully; this way we have guaranteed first class Kenyan coffee for the next 10 to 12 months….

Kenya Kirinyaga KIRI PB

  • Very ‘explosive’ cup (full of flavors)
  • Nice sweet & sour balance
  • Notes of pine and green herbs
  • Very long aftertaste

Region: Kirinyaga East District, south of Mount Kenya

Variety: SL 28, SL34 and a bit of Ruiri 11

Owner: Kabare Farmers Cooperative Society

Screening: Peaberry

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

 

Rob Says: We are big fans of Kenyan peaberry coffees. This screening gives mostly a lower acidity and a bit more sweetness and the beans stays fresh over a longer period. From all picked cherries the peaberries are smaller in volume than the AB and AA’s. The very low total yield of the 2016/17 crop made most of peaberries lots very small and therefor very often not sold separately. The Kiri PB we sell is actually a mix of 2 small lots we bought at auction last March.

note: this coffee will probably touch our coffee roaster by mid June 2017