Amount: 12oz. (About 30 cups)
Process: Natural, Hand-Processed
Altitude: 1,200 - 1,800m
Drying Method: Sun-dried on raised beds
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping: Peaberry, kiwi, lemongrass
Flavor Profile: Fruity
Year after year, Kirinyaga coffee has earned top ranking from Coffee Review, an online publication that analyses the quality of beans globally.
Coffee grown in Kirinyaga is well known for ripe, fruit-forward profiles. Add to this one of coffee's best accidents—the diminutive peaberry—and you have a resounding cup. Many believe that the naturally occurring peaberry—where the coffee cherry produces one plump, round bean instead of two halves—doubles the flavor and sugar of the seed and is easier to roast.
Whether it’s the fine soil, the high elevation, or the influence of the otherworldly peaberry—this coffee sparkles. Imagine verdant kiwi, with its star-like glitter of black seeds, crossed with the tropical notes of lemongrass.
Roast Profile: Medium
Kirinyaga prefers a medium roast as this allow its delicate qualities to shine and enhance the coffee's bright acidity. We recommend a medium roast versus a dark roast as we find darker roasts reduce the floral and fruity notes of coffee beans. It takes years of practice to strike the correct roasting balance, and our customers tell us all that we need to hear!
Type: Whole Bean
The advantage of buying whole bean coffee is that the flavor is much stronger, and the subtle tastes of your specific type of bean are more noticeable. You will get that "fresh" quality everyone looks for in a delicious cup of coffee.
Region: Kirinyaga, Kenya
Coffee from the Kirinyaga region of Kenya flourishes in rich, volcanic soil and after selective hand picking, is hand processed in fresh water. Full of sweet complex flavors, lively acidity, and rich velvet body, specialty lots of Kirinyaga coffees carry a distinct terroir that some call classic Kenyan flavor. Here the climate is very like a European summer and much of the coffee grows in the shade of towering over story.
Kirinyaga has both smallholders and medium-sized farms, some of which have their own processing equipment. For those that don’t, wet mills are accessible at local cooperative sites. Co-op member farmers can utilize any mill they choose, and unlike many coffee producing nations, Kenya’s traditional auction system rewards higher quality with higher prices, creating incentive for excellence both in coffee cultivation and processing.
You should store coffee beans at room temperature before brewing. To get the best results, store your beans in a dry, airtight container. When choosing a container and location for your favorite blend, it is essential to avoid air, moisture, heat, and light.
New research has established that drinking coffee can activate the body's fat-fighting defenses. This new research is a discovery that could have potentially significant implications in the battle against obesity and diabetes. According to researchers at the University of Nottingham, coffee may help stimulate our brown fat reserves, also known as brown adipose tissue, which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories.
We source our whole green coffee beans from farms across Africa that pay well above market value, which helps ensure ethically sustainable farming practices.
Our coffee is hand-picked, hand-washed, and then dried on raised beds as this allows the time necessary for the floral, sweet, and fruity notes to take hold.