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Artisan Roast - Kamwangi AA Kenya Special Reserve

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Bold raspberry and blackcurrant flavours combine with a heady, dense, and syrup like melon sweetness followed by a spectacular effervescent acidity. A special reserve selection showcasing the very best of kenya.
Kamwangi factory is one of secondary processing units that form the larger New Ngariama FCS Society. Just over a thousand small holder farmers that supply this factory are spread around the town of Kianyaga, in Gichugu, Kirinyaga district almost directly south of the imposing Mount Kenya. As is common throughout Kenya, most producers in the co-opera- tive own a few hundred coffee trees and they deliver ripe red cherry from these trees into a central co-operative washing station, like Kamwangi, for further processing.

This special reserve selection from Kamwangi is of a quality rarely seen in a harvest season. It has an intensity and complexity of citrus, malic and phosphoric acidity, that only Kenyan coffee can produce. This is balanced supremely by a dense, heady sweet, viscous and syrupy melon mouthfeel. We have roasted this coffee light to preserve these characteristics along with a long list of flavours. The stand out characteristics for us are fresh raspberries, zesty grapefruits, and blackcurrant. Underlying notes of sweet butterscotch adds interest and harmony.

We are recommending this special reserve coffee as a filter, to bring our it's refinement and expressive nature. It will work in other brew methods .... if you can control temperature parameters on your espresso machine to reign in the acidity it will make a truly delicious single origin shot

Altitude: 1800 - 1900m asl
Farm/Coop: Approx. 1200 Kamwangi Co-operative members
Great for: Aeropress, Filter
Origin: Africa/Kenya - Kianyaga Town, Kirinyaga Central District
Process Method: Washed
Varietals: Bourbon SL28, Bourbon SL34

When do we roast your coffee?

We roast at least every Monday and Wednesday (roasting days). Our cut off for planning orders for roasting is 2pm on a roasting date. If an order is received after this cut off it will be prioritised on the next roasting day. Most items will be dispatched the next day (Tuesday and Thursday). If we cannot deliver the goods within this time we will tell you immediately and agree on another time for delivery. If we cannot agree on another time, we will offer you a refund. We use a range of different roaster sizes so we can batch roast exactly what we need for that day. This means that no coffee will leave our roastery older than the previous working day.

Delivery Method

We send your coffee by Royal Mail 1st Class post, which aims to deliver within 1 working day. This is not a guarantee but an aim. Royal Mail will not class an item as lost or missing for 15 working days. Please get in touch if you have not received your order within 7 working days of dispatch. For International delivery to Europe we use the Royal Mail International Standard service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days. For International delivery to World Zone 1 & 2 countries we use the Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days.

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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.