Flavour description: A silky and juicy cup of coffee. Flavour notes of rhubarb lemonade and pink grapefruit, and a typical hint of black currant. A silky, custard-like after taste.
Cooperative: New Ngariama Cooperative Society
Washing station: Kamwangi Factory
Varietal: SL28, SL34 and Ruiru 11
Processing: Fully washed. Fermented on 24-36 hours. Dried on raised beds for 15-21 days.
Harvest: November 2022 to January 2023
Location: Gichugu division of the Kirinyaga district
Elevation: 1600-1800 masl
Soil: Mainly Nitisol, red volcanic soil. Nitisols occur in highlands and on volcanic steep slopes. They are developed from volcanic rocks and have better chemical and physical properties than other tropical soils.
Price transparency: The FOB price paid for this coffee was 5,61$/lb.
This is the second release of Kamwangi for the season, the PB (Peaberry)!
Kenya is one of Drop Coffee’s top-favourite taste profiles in coffee.
If you haven’t tried a Kenyan coffee yet - this will open up your world for what coffee can taste like.
If you have tried Kenyan coffee, but you’re reading this, it probably means that you really love it too. The typical taste profile of a great Kenyan coffee has no likeness in other growing regions, particularly when it comes to the most unique attributes, such as crisp clear acidity and the notes of blackcurrants and rhubarb.
Kenya is one of the origins that we have been buying coffee from ever since the company’s early days. We have been a loyal buyer of this coffee from Kamwangi since 2011, and want to continue so. As every year, we will have two different bean sizes of the coffee; this is the PB, the smallest bean of dozens of screen sizes. In the past, the size of the bean used to be an indicator of the quality of coffee in Kenya, the bigger the better. But today it is merely a distinction of character, where the PB is a little less acidic than the AA, which we had as our Celebration Coffee in 2019.
Kamwangi factory is one of two factories (in Kenya the processing stations are called factories) under the cooperative named New Ngariama Cooperative Society. Kamwangi is located in the region of Kirinyaga in the hills surrounding mount Kenya, with a third factory soon to become operational. This area is less known than its neighbour, Nyeri.
The New Ngariama Cooperative Society is mainly made up of small scale farmers from surrounding farms to Kamwangi Factory. They are delivering their coffee cherries here in the afternoons of the day that the cherries have been picked. The smallholding farmers are normally delivering about 25-50 kilo by foot or bike for a few kilometers. When arriving at the factory, each producer will sort their own cherries manually to separate defects and lower grade, since they are paid more in relation to quality. These qualities are weighed, logged and paid for, and the farmers are given a receipt. Each farmer delivering coffee to the factory, has about 100 trees on their farms. One coffee tree gives cherries that end up being approximately 350 grams of roasted coffee.
Read more about Kamwangi here