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Artisan Roast: Kianjiru, Kenya, Washed

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A fuller roast style with Kenyan coffee for a juicy, balanced brew. Notes of cola bottles, blackcurrant and molasses, with a crisp, cranberry-like acidity, milk chocolate-like sweetness and hints of nutmeg. Viscous, syrupy and intense mouthfeel.

Set within fertile forest land on the red-soiled, southerly slopes of Mount Kenya, Kianjiru is one of twelve washing stations (known in Kenya as factories) that make up the larger Baragwi Farmer's Cooperative Society in Kirinyaga East counties. Overseeing the work at Kianjiru is Margaret Myeri Melambiri. It is still very unusual for women to hold positions of power in Kenyan coffee, and Margaret has been persistently making improvements, such as the set of durable metal drying beds she bought with last year's profits. While terroir gives you a chance of quality, it is this sort of diligent attention to processing practices that makes for consistently excellent coffee.

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Altitude: 1600 - 1900m asl
Farm/Coop: Kianjiru
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, With milk
Origin: Africa/Kenya - Kirinyaga County
Process Method: Washed
Varietals: Bourbon SL28, Bourbon SL34, some Ruiru 11

Roasting and delivery information

We roast every Monday and Wednesday (roasting days). Our cut off for planning orders for roasting is 12 pm 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) We send the coffee by Royal Mail 1st Class post, which aims to deliver within 1 working day. 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.