This lively peaberry introduces itself with aromas of roasted hazelnut, mango, and toffee. The juicy body features notes of persimmon and grapefruit, with apricot and rooibos emerging in the finish.
Producer: Kiunyu Coffee Factory
Farm: Karithathi Farmer Cooperative Society
Region: Kirinyaga County
Altitude: 5,400 feet
Varietal: Peaberries of SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian
Notes: Grapefruit, Peach, Rooibos
Kiunyu Coffee Factory was established in the 1960s in the Kirinyaga district of the Kenya highlands. It's one of two coffee "factories"—wet mills—where the 3,000+ members of the Karithathi Farmer Cooperative Society bring their harvests for processing.
Water is pumped from the Karithathi river to reservoir tanks for pulping and recirculation. After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight before being cleaned, soaked, and spread out on raised beds for drying. The fermented coffee is washed manually in the fermentation tank itself or in channels with the help of centrifugal pumps or other machines.
Though most farmers in the area grow tea rather than coffee, Kirinyaga County's deep, fertile, well-drained red volcanic soil is ideal for coffee production. SL34 is an exceptional (but disease-prone) hybrid created by Scott Agricultural Laboratories in the 1930s that makes up 99% of the coffee grown in the area, as it thrives at higher altitudes with plenty of rain.