A limited edition coffee part of our Singles Club range. This coffee is about as subtle as a freight train. We love its over the top rhubarb and blackcurrant notes, while still being super clean and well-structured at the same time. Lots of layers and lots of nuance. This one is for filter brewing only folks.
|Producer||New Ngariama Cooperative Society|
|Varietal||SL28, SL34, and Ruiru 11|
|Process||Fully washed & sun dried on raised beds|
This coffee is about as subtle as a freight train. We love its over the top rhubarb and blackcurrant notes, but don’t think this is just a one-trick pony. On no. It’s super clean and well-structured at the same time. Lots of layers and lots of nuance. As you’d expect from a top shelf Kenyan, it’s ridiculously sweet and has a fantastic sparkling acidity.
This is a shining example of a well-produced Kenyan. Most of its character is down to the varieties SL28, SL34 and Ruiru 11 which, under the altitude and soil conditions in Kenya, impart the distinct red fruit notes we so prize in this coffee. Drying the coffee on raised beds after washing decreases drying time and limits fermentation. This is what helps keep the cup profile nice and clean. The sparkling acidity in the coffee is partly attributable to the high-growing altitude.
Kamwangi is one of two factories run by New Ngariama Cooperative Society in the county. Kirinyaga is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya, and is world renowned for its amazing coffees and the delicious flavour profiles we look forward to each year.
The Kamwangi factory was established in 1983 and its 800 member farmers grow SL28 and SL34 varietals alongside Ruiru 11 – a typical mix for a high quality coffee from Kenya.
Farms near Mount Kenya are blessed with red-volcanic soils, which give it all the mineral and organic nutrients required for optimum coffee production. Together with the cool temperatures provided by the relatively high elevation (1600-1800m above sea level) Kirinyaga’s got a big head-start on what it takes to produce delicious coffee.
In addition to coffee, common crops grown are banana and maize. Grevillea or macadamia trees are also planted to provide shade to the growing coffee trees.
Kamwangi Coffee factory is run Edwin Gichuki, the factory manager. As well as running the factory, his team together with Coffee Management Services, helps farmers by offering farm supplies on credit and pre-financing for school fees, supplies, and emergencies.