Kigwandi Factory is a part of Mutheka FCS (Farmers Cooperative Society), located in Mukaro, Nyer, just east of the Aberdare mountainsi. 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 ihas 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. The coffee is washed, fermented, and laid out on raised beds to dry. The coffee is sorted all along the way, down to the dry milling, and separated by factory out turns. Usually you only see AA, AB, and PB, but there are other lower grades too, like C and TT. We purchased all three AA, AB, and PB from this factory.
Peaberry's are often pegged as the fruitiest of the out turns, between AA, and AB cousins. While not always the case, this lot of Kigwandi proves the theory correct, offering nice spiced fruit and jammy aromatics, and a high toned, big bodied cup. The dry fragrance smells a bit like Darjeeling tea, grape and cardamom, with wet aroma of caramel sweetness and raspberry jam. There's a tangy scent of candied orange peel too, along with a spiced root beer note on the break. At City+ the sweetness in the cup is quite bold, of both a caramelized sugar and fruited nature. Caramel candied apple, spiced berry sauce, and marmalade flavors come out in the cup. There's a toasted sugar note that rings strong, heightened by a flavor of grapefruit juice, both holding on in the finish. It's an extremely bodied cup, propped up on a grounding sweetness, and citric to berry fruited top notes.