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Kirinyaga Espresso

Overview

Notes Kiwi, strawberries and cream, sugarcane Varieties SL28, SL34, and Ruiru 11 Elevation 1600 masl Process Washed
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Kenyan coffee is undeniable: unique, powerful flavors that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. This offering represents a blend of coffees from Kamwangi and Kiri factories in Kirinyaga, a region that has produced some our favorite lots over the last few years. As an espresso profile, the cup presents top notes of sweet tropical fruit balanced by an almond-like creaminess and accented with dried fruit aromatics.

Background

Kamwangi coffee factory is located in the northeastern corner of Kirinyaga County, Nyangeni subregion, Ngariama community. It was established in 1983 and grows the SL28, SL34 varieties with small amounts of Batian and Ruiru 11. The coffee cherries are hand-sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go into processing. The pulp is removed and the coffee is fermented for 24-36 hours in fermentation tanks under close shade depending on climate. After fermentation, coffees are washed and graded by density in washing channels. The water used in this process comes from the Nyamindi river. The coffee is then taken to the drying tables where they will be sundried 12 to 20 days on African drying beds, again depending on climate. Coffees are covered in plastic during midday and at night to protect them from the most polar extremes of climate.

Kamwangi washing station is located in the buffer zone surrounding Mount Kenya National Park. Mount Kenya is also an extinct volcano and the second highest snow-capped peak in Africa (5,199 masl), after Kilimanjaro. The presence of this snowy mountain in Kirinyaga (the name of which actually means “White Mountain” in the native Kekuyu language) plays a fundamental role for the population and coffee of the surrounding areas. Its glaciers form the Sagana, Thiba, Nyamindi, Rupinzagi, Rwamuthambi and Ragat rivers. These glacier-fed rivers also help cool the surrounding areas, giving the farms in the county an annual temperature between 13 and 25 C—privileged temperatures compared to other coffee-growing areas in Africa.


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