Coffee from Kenya is special and deserves some extra information sharing.
After enjoying other African specialty coffees such as Ethiopian or Tanzanian beans, it's time to consider the contribution Kenya has made to the world of high-end coffees. Kenya AA is often regarded as one of the best coffees in the world and is much sought after. We finally have some here!
Despite the fact that coffee beans were first discovered in the neighboring Ethiopia many centuries ago, coffee production in Kenya only began at the turn of the 20th century. Since then Kenya has gone on to be the 21st largest producer of coffee in the world, employing millions of people.
The majority of Kenyan coffee is grown in the elevated areas between Mount Kenya in the north and the city of Nairobi in the southwest. The fertile volcanic soil in this region is ideal for growing coffee trees. In addition, the high altitude, the warm climate, and a perfect amount of rainfall are factors that contribute to the ideal growing conditions.
Kenya AA is the top tier of the Kenyan coffee grading system. AA beans are the best available.
Kenya AA beans are regarded for their light body and bright mouthfeel. Our current coffee is also sweet throughout.
In the nose, I get the aroma of molasses, and a sweet creaminess, with notes of vanilla and almond.
The cup is light, bright, and slick! I'm tasting molasses and sugarcane.
The finish is all over the place. It's bright and quick, with hints of Butterfinger candy, sour cherry, and just a tiny hint Citra hops for you IPA lovers.
About this Coffee
GROWER: Smallholder farmers from coffee regions in Kenya
ALTITUDE: 1600-1800 meters
PROCESS: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
VARIETY: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian
HARVEST: October – January
SOIL: Volcanic loam
Kenya AA FAQ is sourced from family-owned farms located in Kenya. Farmers deliver their harvested cherry to be processed at the Factory (wet mill), which is managed by cooperatives. Cooperative members generally cultivate around 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots intercropped with shade trees.