The arrival of Kenyan coffee is always a highlight on the coffee calendar and this one is an absolute beauty! Sipping a Kenyan first thing in the morning is one life's pleasures and I always think that coffee from this country really lets you know that summer is here.
In the cup, you can expect sticky sweet blackcurrants which sit perfectly alongside a zingy citrus acidity. In many ways, this is a classic Kenyan - juicy and bright but with a fruit cordial-like body. There's nothing quite like it and there can be no doubt that this coffee will put a huge smile on your face.
For us, Kenyans are usually best when brewed as filter coffee but if you're into your high acidity espresso, then feel free - you'll love it that way too!
Origin: Kii, Rungeto Farmers Co-op Society, Kirinyaga.
Varietals: SL28 and SL34
Q Score: 89.25 (what's this?)
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Want to know more about this coffee? Read on......
The Kii factory is located in Ngairiama in the Gichugu division of Kirinyaga district in Central Province. It is one of 3 factories, along with Kiangoi and Karimikui, which make up the Rungeto Farmers Coop Society.
This coop was established in 1953 and now has around 3507 members. Each smallholder member has around a hectare of land for growing coffee alongside vegetables for the family. The area has rich and fertile red volcanic soil at altitudes of 1700 to 1900 metres above sea level and receives between 1600 and 1900mm of rainfall annually.
The coffee is handpicked by the smallholder members and delivered to the Kii factory where it is pulped. This initially separates the dense beans from the immature ‘mbuni’s (floaters) using water floatation which means the denser beans will sink and be sent through channels to the fermentation tank. This first stage of fermentation will last for around 24 hours, after which the beans are washed and sent to the secondary fermentation tank for another 12-24 hours. Once the fermentation process is completed, the beans enter the washing channels where floaters are separated further and the dense beans are cleaned of mucilage.
The washed beans will then enter soaking tanks where they can sit under clean water for as long as another 24 hours. This soaking process allows amino acids and proteins in the cellular structure of each bean to develop which results in higher levels of acidity and complex fruit flavours in the cup - it is thought that this process of soaking contributes to the flavour profiles that Kenyan coffees are so famed for.
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