Kenya

Kamwangi

AA

Released December 17, 2018

Tasting notes

Peach, blood orange, plum skin
Medium bodied with vibrant acidity

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Kamwangi is one of two factories run by New Ngariama Cooperative Society in the county. Kirinyaga is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya, and is world renowned for its amazing coffees and the delicious flavour profiles we look forward to each year.

This year we purchased two lots from the Kamwangi factory: one AA and the other AB – these are two gradings used to sort and sell coffee.

This particular lot is an AA grade which is the second largest grading by size (after Elephant beans) using a 7.22mm screen, and this grade tends to fetch the highest prices.

We’ve previously shared the AB grade from Kamwangi, which is the next size down, made up by combining the A grade (6.8mm) and B grade (6.2mm).

The Kamwangi factory was established in 1983 and its 800 member farmers grow SL28 and SL34 varietals alongside Ruiru 11 – a typical mix for a high quality coffee from Kenya.

Farms near Mount Kenya are blessed with red-volcanic soils, which give it all the mineral and organic nutrients required for optimum coffee production. Together with the cool temperatures provided by the relatively high elevation (1600-1800m above sea level) Kirinyaga’s got a big head-start on what it takes to produce delicious coffee.

In addition to coffee, common crops grown are banana and maize. Grevillea or macadamia trees are also planted to provide shade to the growing coffee trees.

Kamwangi Coffee factory is run Edwin Gichuki, the factory manager. As well as running the factory, his team together with Coffee Management Services, helps farmers by offering farm supplies on credit and pre-financing for school fees, supplies, and emergencies.

Country: Kenya

Region: Kirinyaga

Altitude: 1600-1800m above sea level

Varietals: SL28, SL34, and Ruiru 11

Process: Washed

Producer: New Ngariama Cooperative Society

Map showing location of Kenya Kamwangi AA


What makes up Kenya Kamwangi AA?

Varietals

Ruiru 11 varietal

Released in 1985, Ruiru 11 is a disease resistant varietal developed in Kenya

SL28 varietal

SL28 was developed in 1931 by Scott Laboratories to suit the growing conditions in Kenya. The varietal is known for its exceptional cup quality

SL34 varietal

Developed by Scott Laboratories in Kenya, the SL34 varietal was designed to be high yielding with good cup quality.

The location

Coffee from Kenya

Alongside Ethiopia and Colombia, Kenya is one of the origins we get most excited about at the roastery. It exports some of the most vibrant, bright, and unique coffees in the world.


The Kirinyaga region of Kenya

This region is located east of Nyeri, and has similarly rich volcanic soils and a high percentage of smallholder producers.

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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