Kenya Nyeri Kigwandi SWP Decaf

Kenya Nyeri Kigwandi SWP Decaf

Farm Description

Kigwandi Factory is a part of Mutheka FCS (Farmers Cooperative Society), located in Mukaro, Nyeri, just east of the Aberdare mountains. Mutheka has 6 cooperative member groups, and Kigwandi became part of in 2003, after leaving Tetu, which it was allied since inception in 1982. The factory has a coffee cherry catchment and washing station in the area where local farmers (growing altitudes range from 1700 to 1800 meters) who are members of the cooperative delivery coffee cherry for regional bulking. We picked up both AB and AA selections this year, and decided to send a blend of the two to be decaffeinated at Swiss Water plant in Vancouver, BC (using AA's boosted the cost a bit, but was worth it!) It's the first straight Kenya we've decaf'd, and the results are quite nice, with acidity we're not used to tasting in decaf coffees. Swiss Water treatment uses no chemicals in the process, swelling the beans with water and extracting the caffeine, leaving behind much of the volatile compounds that effect flavor. An interesting decaf indeed, and with a profile uniquely African that stands out alongside South and Central America decaf coffees.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Kenyan coffees are known for bracing acidity and citrus notes, and this decaf version has retained much of these inherent cup characteristics. The dry fragrance has a faint smell of citrus peel, and toasting, caramelized sugars. There's a green herb note too, tarragon and basil, along with dark plum. The wet aroma shows intense sweetness, date sugar and fruit syrups, even a grape candy smell when edging roasts toward Full City. A seemingly "thick" aroma, this decaf harnesses much of the original Kenya characteristics. As a brewed coffee, intrinsic Kenyan cup notes are apparent, with a flavor of lemon black tea up front, followed by alternating notes of caramelized sugars. A real tartness cuts through the cup profile, a structuring acidity, and one that is uniquely Kenyan. Orange oil, lemonade, and grapefruit skin come out as the coffee cools. At both City and City+ roasts this Kenya decaf is very citrus focused, balancing out flavors of burned and rustic sugars, as well as a note of roasted barley tea. It's a decaf that is definitely on the "complex" end of the spectrum.

Score

87.6

Lot Size

20 x 60 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City best suits this brilliantly profiled decaf, Full City roasts make an impressive espresso

Processing

Wet Process, then SWP Decaf

Varietal

SL-28     SL-34    

Grade & Appearance

AA/AB; .4 d/300gr, 15 - 19 screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Ripe cherry delivery at the FCS

Beautiful SL-28 shrub ready for picking

3 disc pulper in Nyeri

 

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