Kiambu County is situated on the northern outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya’s capitol. Kiambu has a long history of coffee production with farms dating back to colonial times. More recently, Nairobi’s urban sprawl has encroached, increasing land values and tempting farmers to cash in and sell their land. Additionally, younger generations have shown a preference for non-farm work, increasing pressure on coffee production. Many of the larger coffee plantations are now housing developments, but smaller farms, which tend to be located farther away from the encroaching urban sprawl, continue. At least for now.
This lot was sourced from small holder farmers who selectively hand-picked red, ripe cherries before delivering to the wet mill. At the mill, underripe and overripe cherries are removed before pulping and then sun-dried on raised beds. The coffee was then delivered to the dry mill for sorting and grading.
Complex and versatile, we enjoyed the currants, apricot and lemon flavours of this coffee. Classic Kenya! On the other hand, changing the brew ratio allowed us to emphasise chocolate and darker fruit flavours. Try it out for yourself!
SUGGESTED RECIPE: 21g, in 33g, out 30sec
PRODUCER: Various Small Growers
DISTRICT: Kiambu County
VARIETAL: SL28, SL34
ELEVATION: 1,600 – 1,750 masl