Kenya Kirinyaga Kii Peaberry

Beautiful florals with a delicate note of orange blossom. Citrus is the central characteristic of the cup profile, with orange juice and ruby red grapefruit dominating the cooling cup. There's a caramel flavor too, that holds on to the finish. Expect black tea, pulpy citrus, and toasted sugar in the long aftertaste. This Kenya is a bodied cup and definitely one that stood out in this year's Kenya selections. City to City+ for brewed, Full City for espresso.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Africa
Processing Wet Process Kenya Type
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date May 31 2013
Lot size 12bags/boxes
Bag size 60.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail SL-28, SL-34
Grade PB
Appearance .0 d/300gr, PB screen
Roast Recommendations City to City+ is recommended to retain this coffee's "brilliance" - Full City and beyond will make great espresso but flatten out the acidity a bit.
Weight 1 LB
This coffee comes to us from the Kii factory, located in the Kirinyaga growing area. This is a cooperative coffee - part of the Rung'eto Farmers Cooperative Society - but in Kenya they're called "factories" which is quite fitting really. I think of factories as an assembly line of sorts, where there is absolute consistency to the product output. This rings true for coffees that come from many of the Kenya factories we deal with. Year after year they have an astonishing ability to consistently produce sweet, clean, and complex coffees. Like most of the cooperatives in the area, members tend to much smaller plots of coffee trees than their estate farm competition, thus having more control over the production of ripe cherry. The average altitude is right around 1900 masl and most of the small holder farmers contributing to this washing station grow SL-28 cultivar (Bourbon hybrid from the 1930's developed by Scot Labs). This Peaberry lot is beautifully prepped, and we think it cupped better than the AA and AB lots we sampled from this same area.
This lot from Kii is so nice and brilliant at lighter roast levels, and has a candied sweetness throughout the profile. Dark roasts are nice too, but at Full City the acidity becomes muted and might be best left for espresso (which are pretty wild and amazing!). At City+ the dry grounds smell like cherry hard candy, and have notes of grape juice and light brown sugar. Floral aspects come out in the wet grounds along with pineapple juice and a saturated scent of butter caramel. Beautiful florals are also found in the cup with a delicate note of orange blossom. Citrus is a central characteristic of cup profile, with orange juice and ruby red grapefruit dominating the cooling cup. There's a caramel flavor too, that holds on to the finish. Expect black tea, pulpy citrus, and toasted sugar in the long aftertaste. This Kenya is a bodied cup and definitely one that stood out in this year's Kenya selections.