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Horsham Coffee Roaster: Kenya, Kianderi AA, Washed

Tasting notes: Blackcurrant, brown sugar, rhubarb

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We have been buying coffee from the Kianderi washing station since 2016. This was the year we first visited Kenya. Kenya produces some of the best and highest scoring coffees in the world. They are know for having fantastic fertile, volcanic soil, a unique and distinctive varietal and excellent harvesting and processing methods.

Most of the best coffee produced in Kenya is processed using a fairly complex version of the washed method. Coffee cherry is delivered for processing and pulped using machines that will separated the coffee into more than one grade using water to determine density. After pulping the coffee is fermented dry in tanks for anything from 12-72 hrs depending on the preference of the washing station. After fermentation the mucilage will have broken down meaning it can be washed off easily. This is typically done using grading channels. Water is used to separate the better quality, more dense coffee from the light inferior beans. After grading coffee is usually soaked a second time for around 12 hrs and then moved to raised drying tables. The coffee is then dried until the moisture content reaches 12%.

Kianderi is a small washing station that processes cherry from around 500 small hold farmers. They use the method described above with a 48hr fermentation. This is a fairly long ferment and contributes some very interesting fruit notes and complexity to the coffee. It's a fantastic coffee with juicy fruit notes that include blackcurrant, brown sugar and rhubarb.

Brewing

This coffee works well with all filter brewers and espresso. For filter we recommend a 1 - 16 brew ratio, and for espresso a 1 - 2.5 brew ratio. Example: Filter: 15g - 250ml // Espresso: 18g - 45ml

Farm/Coop: Kianderi AA
RECYCLABLE Packaging: YES
Altitude: 1000-1250 masl
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Black, With milk
Origin: Kenya, Africa
Region: Kirinyaga County
Process Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: Blackcurrant, brown sugar, rhubarb
Varietals: Sl28, Sl34, Ruiru And Batian

Brewing notes

This coffee works well with all filter brewers and espresso. For filter we recommend a 1 - 16 brew ratio, and for espresso a 1 - 2.5 brew ratio. Example: Filter: 15g - 250ml // Espresso: 18g - 45ml
RECYCLABLE Packaging: YES

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.