Kii | Kenya | Filter
Orange & Redcurrant
Harvest: December 2022
Producer: Rungeto Farmers Cooperative
Variety: SL28, SL34 & Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1,600 – 1,800 masl
Perched in the southern foothills of Mount Kenya on rich red volcanic soil, the areas surrounding the Kii factory are ideal for producing some of the finest Kenyan coffee. Farmers in these fertile foothills typically cultivate around 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots, delivering their cherries to the Kii factory for processing. Kii is one of three washing stations managed by the Rungeto Farmers Cooperative, who have gained a reputation for producing outstanding coffee. It’s no coincidence that this cooperative also manages some of the cleanest and well organised factories in Kenya. For the last two years we have been buying our Kenyan coffee exclusively from this group.
At Kii only the ripest cherries are delivered, and additional hand sorting and floating is done to remove less dense and damaged beans, before the coffee is depulped, fermented and washed. After the coffee is washed, it’s soaked in fresh water for up to 24 hours. It is thought that this additional step gives the coffee that characteristic ‘Kenya’ flavour. The beans are dried over a period of two weeks on raised beds, which are carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control for even drying. When the coffee is milled for export, the green beans are sorted by screen size and graded according to size and shape. Larger beans (17/18 screen) are labeled AA, 15/16 screen are labeled AB, and the much smaller peaberries are labeled PB.
This year we found the highest quality came from the largest (AA) beans which is what this lot consists of. Expect a juicy, well balanced cup with notes of orange, red currant and complex florals.
Price we paid: €13.35/kg
Farmer / Producer Price: €7.03/kg
Weight Purchased: 240 kgs
Relationship: 1 year
Importer: Nordic Approach
The Kii factory is one of three wet mills of the Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS). Smallholder farmers deliver their coffee cherries to the factory for processing and are paid a small advance (the remaining payment is received after the coffee is sold to a buyer). The processed coffee is sent to the dry mill to be milled and graded by size and quality. The marketing agent at the mill then negotiates the price with our importers, Nordic Approach, who ship the coffee to their warehouse and arrange the onward transport to our roastery.