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 candy, and have notes of grape juice and light brown sugar. Raw sugar scents are apparent in the wet grounds along with blood orange and a saturated red honey. This is a bright, lively cup. Beautiful florals are also found in the cup with a note of orange blossom. Fruit is a central characteristic of cup profile at City roast level, with orange juice and mango dominating the cooling cup. There's a caramel flavor too, that holds on through the finish but the clean fruited notes still dominate. If the tone is too bright, a Full City roast brings it down a notch but City to City+ is where this coffee really sings. This Kenya is a bodied cup and definitely one that stood out in this year's early-arriving Kenya selections.