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Artisan Roast - Kii Peaberry - Kenya

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Bold blackcurrant and grapefruit flavours combine with a dense syrup like sweetness and sparkling complex acidity in a classic representation of Kenyan coffee. Delicious.
Kii factory is one of three secondary processing units that form the larger Rung’eto FCS Society that also includes the Kiangoi factory that proved so popular last year. The farmer small holdings that supply this factory are spread around the town of Kerugoya, in Embu County, almost directly south of the imposing Mount Kenya. As is common throughout Kenya, most producers in the co-operative own a few hundred coffee trees and they deliver ripe red cherry from these trees into a central co-operative washing station, like Kii, for further processing.

Whilst the neighbouring county, Nyeri, has developed an enviable reputation over the years for producing stellar coffees, the continued legal battles running since 2014 have meant that Nyeri coffees are very hard to source down to individual processing unit. Forced to search elsewhere for great coffees, we have been returned again to the coffees of Kirinyaga and this lot from Kii is a real gem with an intensity of flavour and complexity of acidity that truly sparkles.

We have roasted this coffee light to preserve the intense citric and apple like acidity. Flavours are many - for us the stand out ones are fresh zesty grapefruits, blackcurrant, cranberry and a sweet, syrupy melon finish. This sweetness of the Kii, is due in part to this being a peaberry selection from the factory. Peaberries are essentially an aborted seed on the coffee tree but often yield a cup profile with more balance than the standard grades. This is particularly true of Kenya where the higher perceived sweetness brings the acidity into harmony. We find this is very true of coffees from Kii where it's classic dominant grapefruit note is balanced so well with blackcurrant flavours.

Altitude: 1600 - 1900m asl
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Filter, With milk
Origin: Africa/Kenya - Kerugoya Town, Kirinyaga Central District, Central Province
Owner: Approx. 1200 Kiangoi Co-operative members
Process Method: Washed
Varietals: Bourbon SL28, Bourbon SL34 and some Ruiru 11

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.