Kenya Single Origin - Kamwangi Peaberry - Fully Washed
At last! Our coffee adventures take us to Kenya - home of some of the world's most celebrated coffees. Coffees from Kenya are prized for their high quality, juiciness and an excellent balance of flavour and body. Kenyan coffee is sometimes know as the 'Connoisseur's Cup' and for many is the cup of coffee that marks the beginning of a lifelong love affair with speciality coffee.
Coffee beans are actually the seeds of the coffee plant and usually there are two in each cherry. Peaberries occur when only one seed is inside the fruit. They are considered to have a greater intensity of flavour as the nutrition goes to only one seed instead of being divided between two. Because they are rounder than regular coffee beans they also roast more evenly during the roasting process. A few years ago they were considered a defect, but nowadays are prized by roasters and coffee drinkers alike.
Origin: Kirinyaga - Central Kenya
Our coffee this month is grown in the red volcanic soils on the slopes of Mount Kenya in Kirinyaga in the centre of the country at between 1600 - 1800 metres above sea level.
Although individual coffee estates exist in Kenya - they are rare; about 70% of Kenyan coffee is produced through cooperatively owned factories. There are about 700.000 smallholders in Kenya, though their numbers are declining as land is sold for housing and younger people are reluctant to pursue coffee farming as a career. As a result Kenyan coffees usually amongst the more expensive coffees a roaster will purchase each year.
The Cooperative Society : New Ngariama Coop
Our coffee comes form the Kamwangi factory which started in 1997 and is owned and run by the New Ngariama Cooperative - made up of 986 local smallholders and certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Immediately surrounding the factory are the farms run by members of the cooperative - growing varieties SL28, SL34 and Rurui 11 - beans typical of high quality Kenyan coffee. ON average the farmers tend 250 coffee trees each. Each year this factory delivers astoundingly delicious coffees of high quality and traceability.
This coffee has a delicious sweetness and acidity driven by fruit flavours. The dominant flavour is of fragrant white grape juice with hints of wild strawberries. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of creamy and the a stone fruit aftertaste dominated by apricots.
Cupping Score - 90
A score of 90 or more is unusual and indicative of a truly special coffee. The final score is a reflection of the combined skills of grower and roaster.
Processing - Fully Washed
This coffee is fully washed, which allows the delicate qualities of the acidity and sweetness to shine through. The coffee cherries are hand picked and then sorted to remove the underripe and overripe cherries.
The skin and flesh are removed mechanically from the coffee bean and the remaining bits of pulp are removed in a 24-36 hour fermentation. After fermentation the beans are washed and graded. At this point the peaberries are separated. The washed beans are dried in the sun for 12 - 20 days on raised drying beds. When they reach the desired level of dryness they are removed and stored until ready to be shipped.
All Muttley & Jack's coffees are paired with a suggested recipe, created especially to match the flavour profile of the beans. Enjoy this coffee with freshly baked blackcurrant meringues. The delicate texture and juicy flavours of the meringue mirror and highlight the same qualities in the cup.
Read the recipe.
Muttley & Jack's Coffee Roasters
Muttley & Jack’s is a prize winning coffee roastery based in Stockholm. Each month members receive a box of freshly roasted specialty grade coffee with an education pack to help coffee lovers and the coffee curious get more out of their coffee.
The 'Coffee Experience' packages together speciality coffee, travel and education.