Kenya Kiambu by Various Smallholders
Tastes: Strawberry, rhubarb, juicy
Varieties: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian
Region: Kiambu County
Process: Fully washed & dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1,700-2,200 m
Importer: Royal Coffee
Many of us are accustomed to Kenyan coffees being organized and sold in very small volumes that correspond to one specific estate or washing station (known as “factory” in Kenya) and one specific physical prep. While single-factory lots certainly dominate the highest quality tier, this segment of the market rests upon, and interacts with, a bulk market nonetheless. Each year Royal Coffee invests in select bulk lots with high transparency and very specific physical preparations, in addition to the micro-lot work. These coffees provide targeted profiles and roasting consistency over larger volumes and longer periods.
This year’s Kiambu AA FAQ is a combination of processed coffee from select producing groups across Kenya’s central Kiambu county, all of whom work with Dormans, a prolific and quality-focused milling and exporting network. “FAQ” in Kenya stands for “fair to average quality” and is a cup quality designation rather than a physical grade.
Kiambu county, like most of Kenya’s central counties, is known for the country’s best terroir, highest growing elevations, and best-run coffee factories. The cuppers at Dormans carefully allocate deliveries from Kiambu factories over the course of many weeks until they have multiple cohesive FAQ-quality blend of coffees from Kiambu county, each with a unique character.
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