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KENYA KAMWANGI
KENYA KAMWANGI
Region Kirinyaga
Grown by 2000 smallholder farmers
Elevation
1100 - 1800 masl
Variety SL28, SL34, RUIRU 11 & BATIAN
Processing Washed
Taste notes Summer Flowers, Grapefruit Spoon, Pithy
Sensory Heavy florals, orange and purple flowers, sweet citrus, satin, snappy
Co-op
New Ngariama
Importer Collaborative Coffee Source
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PRODUCT INFO
Region Kirinyaga
Grown by 2000 smallholder farmers
Elevation
1100 - 1800 masl
Variety SL28, SL34, RUIRU 11 & BATIAN
Processing Washed
Taste notes Summer Flowers, Grapefruit Spoon, Pithy
Sensory Heavy florals, orange and purple flowers, sweet citrus, satin, snappy
Co-op
New Ngariama
Importer Collaborative Coffee Source
DESCRIPTION

 

We realllllly thought that 2022 might just be a “one-Kenya” year. “Hey ya’ know, we’ll just grab this one here, and that’ll do it.” One of us said to another one of us. “100% agree and that’s that, end of discussion.” The other one said to the first one. And then everyone smiled and laughed, and we all lifted our mugs in a joyous toast to this impressive restraint and resolve. “To irreversible decisions!” We said. The end.

NOT.

Flash forward several months, hundreds of emails, and millions of cups of coffee later and WHAT HAVE WE WERE? Well, I reckon you already know, because that’s how web navigation works. But let’s just go ahead and be super clear: ANOTHER COFFEE FROM KENYA, and not just any coffee, but KAMWANGI THE GREAT, which served us so well last year that we had virtually no choice but to welcome it back when we finally found it in front of us again this fall.

Kamwangi is one of two washing stations (referred to as “factories” in Kenya) operated by the New Ngariama Cooperative Society. New Ngariama is located in Kirinyaga County, the slightly lesser-known easterly neighbor to the famed powerhouse, Nyeri. Coffees from this side of the mountain can be just as exquisite as those from the west, often with more tart, tropical, and floral flavor profiles than the brooding stewed fruits classically associated with Nyeri, though as we should all know by now – generalizations make an ass out of you and me. Something like that.

Approximately 2,000 farmers deliver their cherries to Kamwangi for processing, where the factory performs a meticulous and exhaustive washing + drying process endemic to Kenya. The lot that we chose is an “AA” separation, meaning it is comprised exclusively of the harvest’s largest seeds (beans). Though this does not always translate to greater vibrance or flavor, the general idea is that it SHOULD, and in this case, we simply found it to be the most exuberant of the bunch. 

Despite brightness that is most easily harnessed through a filter preparation, this coffee can produce a truly transcendent espresso as well – wildly aromatic and sticky sweet, like grapefruit syrup with a spritz of orange blossom perfume. Kenya’s reputation as the apex of specialty coffee may not be as unimpeachable as it was several years ago, but damn if there isn’t still a gem – or two – to be found by those who look.

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