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Artisan Roast - Mugaya - Kenya - Washed

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Bold beaned and bold in flavour. Blackcurrant, grapefruit and raspberry flavours combine with a dense, and syrup like molasses sweetness in this fruit forward delicious Kenya.

Mugaya factory is one of seven secondary processing units that form the larger Mutira FCS Society. Over a thousand small holder farmers that supply this factory are spread around the town of Kagomo towards the north of Central Kirinyaga. 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 Mugaya, for further processing.

The main flavours in the brew are the berry fruit flavours of blackcurrant and raspberry. We also find molasses, citrus and a little vanilla to add depth and interest through to the finish. It's a very clean coffee with a rich, almost jam like juiciness to it that rolls over the palette. Look for some phosphoric acid too, a classic attribute of Kenyan coffee, that adds intensity and complexity to the lemon citrus and apple like malic acidity. This phosphoric acidity is often very present in coffees from this part of Kenya because the plants uptake naturally occurring phosphorus from the soils which in turn modifies the taste of coffees once brewed.

The roast has been developed to best bring out the blackcurrant fruit note and juiciness of body, which balances the sweetness with a medium intensity acidity. This makes the coffee very versatile and while it sings when brewed as a filter, it works equally well in immersion or pressure brewing methods


Altitude: 1550 - 1800m asl
Farm/Coop: Mugaya
Great for: Aeropress, Espresso, Filter, With milk
Origin: Africa/Kenya - Kagumo Town, Kirinyaga Central District
Owner: 1600 Mugaya Co-operative members
Process Method: Washed
Varietals: Bourbon SL28, Bourbon SL34

Roasterr: Artisan Roast

LETTERBOX friendly (single bag): YES

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Initial collection: Artisan Roast - Edinburgh

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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.