Episode 31 on Monday the 15th of June 2009 Kenya Kanjathi

I know so little about this coffee. It's been like buying coffee in the olden days of Has Bean, where getting any farm info was hard work. What I do know is that this coffee comes from Kenya, it's an AB bean size grade, and is auction lot 805. That's it as much as I can tell you about its provenance. I will add any further information that may come to light as we go along.

So then, why do we have it here after the big fuss I make about traceability?

Well, this is coffee that is truly mind blowing in the cup. As there is no information, it means that we have bought the coffee based 100% on its cup quality. This lack of information means that we may never see this coffee again, but it's worth it to enjoy the cup quality whilst the beans last.

The best descriptors that I can give you are that the coffee has all the best things about Ethiopian Yirgacheffe mixed with the best of Kenya (two of the greatest coffee growing regions). It's like Yirgacheffee on steroids; floral, bright, HUGE grapefruit and lemon acidity that gives your taste buds a real kicking. Then it develops into the smooth creamy mouthfeel of a great Kenyan, calming down and not being so bright and fruity. As it cools, those fruit notes just get bigger and bigger.

Maybe not for the espresso machine (unless you like that sort of thing), though as a brewed cup of filter or French press this is massive. There is not much of this one, and when it's gone it's gone.


  • 15 June 2009, 9:58 am

    I have stormed my way through my bag already, a great coffee with the “slap of the chops” feel for it. I am going to get a subscription for my Dad as that will solve fathers day and the issue of having to drink Sainsburys ‘taste the difference’ coffee. Good stuff.

  • 15 June 2009, 11:33 am

    So what’s the idea behind chemex?

  • 15 June 2009, 11:34 am

    Chemex is just a very nice drip method, makes great coffee for me tastes.

    Lawrence, the perfect fathers day present I like your style :)

  • 15 June 2009, 12:28 pm

    Ken Cleary says:

    Thanks Steve,

    Very entertaining episode as usual. Just a quick request though – It might be good if as well as discussing how you brew the coffee you also let let us know how fine or coarse you grind the bean. Maybe a closeup of the grind as well so we can try to replicate at home!


  • 15 June 2009, 9:37 pm

    mark greenshields says:

    i cant believe i didnt see this stuff till just today this is great steve really makes tasting the coffee that much better when you can see and hear about it 1st

  • 17 June 2009, 11:03 am

    Kevin Greenshields says:

    Hey you Greenshields….Since I was the one who informed you about this…you owe me a bag of this coffee hahaha.

    I’m sitting drinking a cup as I type this really fantastic coffee…and the vids are very very good, keep up the great work ;)

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