Kenya

Mugaya AA

Released July 6, 2015

Flavours of blackcurrant, plum, malt
Body     Acidity

Mugaya Coffee Factory is near to the town of Kagumo in the Kirinyaga District of Kenya’s Central Province.

It was established in 1975 and is currently affiliated with the Mutira Farmers Coop Society.

The region’s main crop season runs from October to December, followed by a smaller season from March to May. The coffee you’re brewing was harvested in November-December 2014.

Grevillea, Macadamia, avocado trees and Moringa are used as shade trees for the coffee. Maize, beans, potatoes and yams are also produced in the area.

Making the grade

A little while ago with Pitalito AAA we talked about grading for coffee in Colombia, where A, AA, and AAA represent quality grades.

But not so fast: for Kenyan coffee, the AA means something different.

In the African and Indian coffee trade, AA and AB refer to the size of the bean. AA coffee beans, such as the ones in this delivery, are over 7.2mm in size and generally fetch the highest price at auction in Kenya. Beans graded AB are slightly smaller, at least 6.8mm in size and will get the second highest price.

Beans are sorted using numbered screens with holes of a uniform size, so farmers, exporters and roasters can all use the same terminology to describe things. AA is screen 17 and 18; whereas AB beans are screen 15 and 16. Tom at Sweet Maria’s in Oakland has a blog post about screen tests with photos of how a simple screen setup works.

Country

Kenya

Region

Kirinyaga

Altitude

1548m above sea level

Varietals

SL28, SL34, and Ruiru 11

Process

Washed

Producer

Mutira Farmers Co Operative Society

Harvested

December 2014

Body

Full

Acidity

Balanced

Map showing location of Kenya Mugaya AA


What makes up Kenya Mugaya 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.

1 brew note from Sample Brew Crew

KenyaMugaya AA

Thomas Bomford Thomas’s V60

This Kenyan had both the body and acidity of a ripe, fleshy stone fruit. The finish lingered with notes of Rhubarb and light, malty caramels. The V60 gave some great clarity to all the fruitiness and the body held well (the Kalita would've probably been a little too heavy). I just happened to have another Kenyan on my counter when the delivery arrived and decided to cup them next to each other. On the cupping table the Mugaya started smooth and creamy but developed an intriguing juiciness I really want to explore. I have a feeling this coffee would be a stand out espresso.

  • 15g
  • 250ml
  • 2m 30s
Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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