Kenya AA Nyeri Ichamara
Cup Characteristics:Pipe tobacco with savory notes. Jammy with pomegranate and red wine acidity. Kenya AA coffees are marked by black-currant or berry flavors with lots of structure and complexity.
$14.99 per pound
Kenya AA is one of the world's best coffees and often the choice of experienced coffee roasters and cogniscenti. Kenya AA is the country's top grade, although small auction lots and individual plantation coffees can be separated for sale and, in fact, we often have such lots. This affordable Kenya AA Nyeri is from one of the principal growing regions but comprised of multiple "top lots" combined. It offers a wonderfully aromatic and complex coffee at a good price. We strive to always have a high quality AA grade Kenya.
There have been a number of political issues surrounding coffee from Nyeri because it is generally so prized. The governor of Nyeri attempted to control the marketplace several years ago by moving all milling to one central and government run facility in an effort to maximize revenue. This met with objection throughout the growing, exporting and roasting communities and the program has largely failed.
This coffee comes from family owned smallholder farms organized around the Ichamara Factory, also known as a wet mill. The New Gikaru Coffee Growers Cooperative Society manages the Ichamara Factory and processes coffee from members who usually cultivate about 250 coffee trees each on half acre plots of land. The mill is located in the Nyeri region with the farms sitting at elevations between 1220-2300 meters.
Grower: Smallholder farmers organized around the Ichamara Factory
Region: Nyeri County, Kenya
Altitude: 1,220 - 2,300 meters
Process: Fully washed and dried in raised beds
Variety: SL28, SL34, and Ruiru 11
Harvest: April-June (main crop) and October-December ('fly' crop)
Soil: Volcanic loam
Cup Characteristics: Flavors of tobacco with savory notes. Jammy with pomegranate and red wine acidity. Kenya AA coffees are marked by black-currant or berry flavors with lots of structure and complexity. There is a backbone of dry, red wine.