Kenya Nyeri Kieni Peaberry

Kenya Nyeri Kieni Peaberry

Farm Description

This coffee comes to us from the Kieni factory located near the town of Nyeri. This is a cooperative coffee - part of the Mugaga 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 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 work 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 meters and most of the small holder farmers contributing to this washing station grow SL-28, and SL-34 cultivars (Bourbon hybrid from the 1930's developed by Scot Labs). This is the Peaberry outturn, meaning, they've separated out all of the peaberries from a particular day's harvest, which in this case came out to 17 x 60 kg bags.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Kieni is a citrus laden cup, City and City+ roasting teasing out notes of fresh squeezed juice, and with a sweetness that offsets the tart top notes. It's possible to tame the brightness a bit if you feel so inclined, but I recommend Kieni to those looking to embrace the inherent citric qualities, rather than work to flatten them out by extending roast legs. I was surprised by the smells in the dry coffee, lemon tea and dried orange blossom, a pleasant raw sugar sweetness underneath. Brewing these lighter roasts gives off a citrus oil aroma, like orange essence, and a very slight herbal/citrus note similar to lemon balm. The cup flavors in the lighter roast levels include orange pekoe with lemon, the tart sweetness of pomelo fruit, along with a delicate citrus and white sugar flavor that reminds me of meringue cookies. I accidentally let one roast roll through to 2nd crack, and found that to be too dark of a roast, all but obfuscating the above flavor profile - i.e. what's good about this coffee in my opinion! Full City does work, constructing a cup profile made up of some light berry notes, red raspberry, dried goji berry, and a lovely yellow grapefruit flavor in the finish.

July 2017 Arrival

Score

91

Lot Size

17 x 60 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City to City+ is my recommendation, and not beyond Full City

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

SL-28     SL-34    

Grade & Appearance

Peaberry; .4 d/300gr, 15+ Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $276.50 ($5.53/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $0.00 ($0.00/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight.

Bag of ripe cherry being delivered at a Nyeri factory

Cherry maturing on the tree in the hills

Parchment coffee drying on raised beds; a mesh screen serving as the bottom support lends to airflow for even drying

 

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