Perfumed orange and lemon, Earl Grey tea, dark sugar, honey, and berry notes in middle to dark roasts with a Paolo Santa, aromatic wood note. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||August 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11|
|Appearance||.5 d/300gr, 17-19 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Kamwangi factory is located in the Gichugu division of Kirinyaga district. The factory has the good fortune of being connected to the national electric grid, and washing resources are plentiful with the nearby Nyamindi river as the source. Kamwangi is part of the New Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS). These factories are basically small washing stations set up in a particular area and are allied with a larger cooperative society - the FCS. Factories have wet mills, washing/fermenting channels, and raised beds where the coffees are basically processed all the way down to dried parchment (being meticulously sorted along the way). Kamwangi has a water recirculation system set up, as well as eight waste water soaking pits to help minimize the environmental impact. Kamwangi farmers grow primarily SL-28, SL-34, and Ruiru 11 cultivars, benefitting from the red volcanic soils of Mt Kenya, and most above 1800 meters.
The dry fragrance of Kamawngi AA has perfumed citrus notes, sugar browning smells and hints of tropical fruits. The wet grounds of City roasts smell of citrus and butterscotch chips, so sweet, further elevated by citrus peel and an aromatic wood note. The middle profile pushes berry fruit and citrus notes, giving way to brisk tea in the finish. As the cup cools, top notes of fresh orange and blueberry come up, with a bittering aspect that echoes the mouth feel of both fruit skins and baking cocoa. At City roast level, this coffee has a 'clear' sweetness, like refined cane sugar. There's a less refined aspect too that has a wood-like quality, and with the more aromatic citrus aroma comes off like cedar shakes or Paolo Santa. Our dark roast showed so impressive body, carrying a thick honey flavor as it cooled and rich chocolate roast tones. All of our roasts had a tea-like quality too that brought to mind Earl Grey tea, adding to the overall complexity. Being an AA, the bean size is pretty large, so I made sure to let first crack completely finish before pulling my City roast in order to ensure the coffee roasted all the way through.