Tag: Kenya

Tinker Coffee // Kenya Kiruga PB

Tinker Coffee // Kenya Kiruga PB

Farmers in Othaya planted their first coffee trees in 1956. The Coop has 19 wet mills. The Coop is located in Nyeri County, Othaya district, Eastern slopes of Aberdare ranges. Farmers selectively handpick ripe cherries that are delivered for wet milling the same day. The […]

Duck-Rabbit Coffee // Kenya Karogoto PB

Duck-Rabbit Coffee // Kenya Karogoto PB

Located about 100 miles from Nairobi in the Nyeri district, Karogoto Factory is a washing station at the foothills of the volcanic Mount Kenya and the Aberdare mountain range. In 2005, Karogoto Factory merged with Ngunguru Factory and Tegu Factory to form the Tekangu Farmer […]

BeanFruit Coffee Company // Kenya Chinga Peaberry

The Kenya Chinga wet mill is located in the Nyeri district of Kenya. The wet mill processes about 230 acres worth of coffee and is part of the Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society, which is made up of 783 members. Coffee is grown at almost 1800 meters above sea level and is mainly SL28 and SL34 varieties. Grown in red volcanic soil rich in phosphorus the coffee is then harvested and wet processed where the fully ripe cherries are pulped, fermented, washed and slowly dried over a period of 2 to 3 weeks until moisture content has been reduced to a level of 10%. The coffee is then delivered to the Kenya Chinga Mill, where it is processed and prepared for shipment.

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Kenya Chinga Peaberry, from BeanFruit Coffee Company in Flowood, Mississippi. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

origin: Nyeri, Chinga, Kenya
farm: Kenya Chinga Mill
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society
elevation: 1800 – 1900 meters above sea level
cultivars: SL28, SL34
process: fully washed, raised bed dried

CUPPINGNOTES

The aroma of the Kenya Chinga Peaberry is phenomenal. Wow. It’s so sweet and fragrant, and it has a bit of a bright liveliness to it, too. Sugary scents of honey and vanilla cream soda mixed with melon, stone fruit, and cascara tea.

Taking my first few sips, my palate is coated by a medium-bodied coffee with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor follows the nose as honey, vanilla, and brown sugar completely envelop my tongue. There’s a presence of sweet fruits up front, and as the coffee cools those flavors become much more apparent—cantaloupe, nectarine, cherry, black currant, passion fruit, lemon, and kumquat with a mellow, sweet citrus acidity—and each sip finishes with flavors of macadamia, florals, and sweet tea.

FINALTHOUGHTS

This coffee was so sweet and so smooth, featuring dynamite flavors of creamy sugar brownings, juicy fruits, and a flourish of floral aromatics throughout the cup. Its bright liveliness, clarity, balance, and roundedness made this a very elegant and distinctive coffee; one that was a pleasure to cup.

I’ve tried a number of coffees from this roaster, and the Kenya Chinga Peaberry, I have to say, is one of the very best selections BeanFruit Coffee Company has offered to date.

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Joe Bean Roasters // Kenya Kabare

Joe Bean Roasters // Kenya Kabare

Kenya Kabare cooperative and its farmer members have a rich history. Their first coffee trees were planted in 1954, and today the cooperative has grown to encompass an impressive eleven different wet mills: Kiringa, Konyu, Karani, Kiang’ombe, Kaboyo, Mukure, Mukengeria, Kimandi, Kathata, Kiangothe, and Kimiciri. The cooperative […]

Honest Coffee Roasters // Kenya Kiangoi

Honest Coffee Roasters // Kenya Kiangoi

Over the past few years, the Kenyan government has been loosening its grip on coffee exportation, and farmers are now able to make better returns through direct trade agreements. As a result, Kenyan cup quality is continuing to improve year after year. The Kenya Kiangoi is a […]