Kenya - Mount Kenya
FROM THE GEEK FILE
PRODUCER: Baragwi Farmers Cooperative Society
REGION: Kirinyaga County
ALTITUDE: 1,700 – 1,800 M
VARIETY: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiri 11
PROCESS: Fully washed
CUPPING NOTES: Black Currant, Champagne, Agave Nectar
Why You'll Love It:
Drastic differences in temperature on Mount Kenya between hot days and cold nights causes the coffee cherries grown there to develop complex acids and sugars. The resulting mosaic of flavors create an exhilarating cup that pops with citrus and soothes with sweet candy.
Story of the Bean:
Baragwi Farmer's Cooperative Society is the largest farmer's cooperative in Kenya and also one of the oldest. The cooperative unites over 15,000 producers protecting their interests while maintaining quality. From these trailblazing producers comes this coffee grown on the southern slope of Mount Kenya. The second highest mountain on the African continent, Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano boasting steep slopes and rich soil that produce incredibly vibrant and dynamic coffee.
Bold & Distinctive
Appears to be a very lightly roasted coffee, with the characteristic brightness and panache you'd expect, but unlike Latin American 'blondes,' which often finish with light almond or hazelnut notes, this African packs quite a punch, featuring a long deep, delicious finish closer to roasted pecans and molasses. While this might lack appeal for those who prefer 'smooth' generic flavors, single origin fans will rejoice, a distinctive brew one hopes La Colombe will keep on their roster.
Been brewing this with a Chemex. Notes of guava and a surprisingly heavier body make this an intense cup! It’s one of the best African coffees I’ve even had - and definitely the best Kenyan. If you like the Ethiopian Ardi, you have to try this one. Two beans in a pod!
Lovely single origin!
This is a great, powerful coffee. Full of flavor. I have brewed with Chemex and Areopress. The areopress really brings out the champagne notes. I’ve already ordered more of this one! Enjoy!
Smooth and Refined
A clean, flavorful coffee. The Mount Kenya single origin coffee is a smooth roast with hints of champagne, citrus, and a little bit of sweetness. The flavors are noticeable, but not overpowering. An all-around good coffee that is definitely worth trying.
While I was hoping for some of the punchy acidity I've encountered in other Kenyan coffees, I nevertheless can't say I'm disappointed. The flavor is complex and intriguing.