Kenya Kiambu Japem AB

Citric acidity at City and City+, a dried citrus peel and cardamom aroma, notes of orange marmalade, lychee, and dried papaya. Toasted graham and aromatic wood finish. City to City+. 

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  • Process Method Wet Process Kenya Type
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Africa
Processing Wet Process Kenya Type
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date September 2018 Arrival
Lot size 30
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail SL-28
Grade AB
Appearance .6 d/300g; 15 - 17 screen
Roast Recommendations City to City+
Type Farm Gate

Kiambu lies near the foothills of Gatamaiyo Forest Reserve, and at the border of neighboring Muranga County. This is one of a few small estate coffees we were lucky enough to buy this year, coffees we had no direct connection with in the past. We tend to buy from the Farmers Cooperative Societies ("FCS"), and still do. But buying from a single estate affords us a different and unique opportunity to select coffee that we can trace back to it's exact provenance, whereas with the FCS's, you're buying a blend of hundreds and sometimes thousands of small holders. This is certainly not a bad thing as some of our finest Kenyas are through FCS's, just different. We still turn to the coops for the majority of our coffee, but are hoping to continue to cultivate buying relationships with a small number of Kenyan small estates as well. This is the AB outturn of a specific process batch, which refers to the bean size, AB being 15 - 17 screen, measured in 1/64th of an inch. We also bought AA, Peaberry, and C grade outturns from Japem this year and will make those available very soon.

I think you'll find that Japem benefits from lighter roasting, sticking to the City - City+ end of the roast spectrum. That's where Kiambu shines, literally. A citric acidity comes through at City and City+ that isn't much more than a faded picture once you get into Full City and I imagine non-existent at Full City+. But these light roasts are complex, smells of dried citrus peel, cardamom spice tea, tropical fruit, and more showing up in the fragrance and aroma. My City roast had a vibrant lemon note that worked well with dried papaya and mango black tea accents. The underlying sweetness is transparent like simple syrup, and as the coffee cools, an orange marmalade flavor comes through, along with a lychee accent note. A tart lemony side is apparent from hot cup to the last cool sips, and the finish has a toasted graham and somewhat woody note in the aftertaste.