New Alps arrival: Kenya Kiunyu AA, Kirinyaga -Reserve Edition-(250g)
Country : Kenya Region: Kirinyaga Farm: Various smallholder farmer members of Rama Farmers Cooperative Society Variety: SL-28, SL-34, Batian, Ruiru 11 Altitude: 1310–1900 masl Processing: Washed
Taste Profile: Rich and sweet with a heavy mouthfeel and tart, fruit acidity; sugary, caramel, lemon and bright lime flavors.
Kiunyu Coffee Factory is located deep within the tea-zone of Kirinyaga County. Established in the 1960s Kiunyu and Kabingara, the two factories of the Karithathi F.C.S. are delivered cherry from farmers in and around the villages of Kagumoini, Kianduma, Kiambuuku, Kiambatha, Gatura and Kiamuki.
The main varieties of coffee grown here are SL 34 and Ruiru 11, with SL 34 accounting for 99% of all coffee produced from this factory. As is the situation in most of North Kirinyaga, most farmers in the area favor growing tea over coffee which accounts for often lower production rates. CMS with the aid of Co-op management are aiming to educate farmers on the potential returns of well grown coffee and are assisting with training in coffee specific agronomic practices.
Water used during process comes from the Karithathi River to reservoir tanks. It's re-circulated twice before taking a final load of cherry skin & pulp to the pulp tower then is dropped to soak tanks where it slowly rejoins the water table, cleaned of most impurities.
Coffee in Kenya is typically traceable down to the factory, or mill level: Most farmers own between 1/8 to 1/4 of a hectare, and often grow crops other than coffee as well, which means they rely on a central processing unit for sale and processing of their coffee. Producers deliver in cherry form to a factory, where the cooperative will sort, weigh, and issue payment for the delivery. The coffee is then blended with the rest of the day's deliveries and goes on to be processed. Because of this system, which serves many hundreds to several thoughts of smallholder farmers per factory, there is limited traceability down to the individual producers whose coffee comprises the lots.
This coffee is beautiful as a V60, and we love it as a Chemex also.