Kangunyu is one of the coffee Factories (wet-mills that are organized as cooperatives) within the Rumukia Coffee Farmer Society in Karatina area of Nyeri. It is close to Mukurwe-ini, and was formerly part of this society until it fell apart in the '90s. Within the same Rumukia group are some other fantastic stations we have offered coffee from in the past: Kiawamururu, Gatura, and Tambaya to name a few. The altitude is 1600+ meters above sea level, and growing areas in the fertile foothills of Mt. Kenya and Aberdare ranges. Most farmer members have on average only 250 coffee tress: a "garden" more or less. Again, in Kenya coffee "societies" the farmer's plots are so small, they are measured in numbers of trees, not in area of land as they are in other coffee origins. But this means that co-ops provide micro-management of every coffee tree by the owner of the land, not by a large-scale agriculture operation like the big estates of Kiambu or Thika. The member farmers have the two preferred coffee varieties under cultivation, SL-28 and SL-34, with the vast majority of trees being SL-28.
The dry fragrance is very potent, ground coffee exuding fruit and dark sugar smells, like a fruit syrup reduction. Dark berry and molasses take the lead here, a layer of floral butterscotch sauce, and Full City roasts with raspberry ice cream topping. The wet grounds are intensely sweet, like mixed berry and plum jam, a hint of cardamom spice atop grounding pectin-like sweetness. At City roast level, the cup has an incredible culmination of caramel and fruit syrups, flavors of Kraft caramel candies and tart blackberry and crannberry notes, with a citrus rind accent. The acidity is out front, and citric, with the interplay of tart and sweet that reminds me of tangerine juice. As your near Full City you're greeted with a flavor of rich, bittersweet chocolate bar, that gives way to a fruited undercurrent of plum jam and coconut milk. Acidity is toned down a bit in the deeper roast shades, but still remains much of the center piece that ties this complex peaberry coffee profile together.