Kiambu county is located just outside of Nairobi city. The region has a long history of coffee production and is really rather famous for its large estates, which were originally built by British colonists in the early 20th century.
After decolonisation, the estates were sold to local Kenyans who have been managing them since. While estates such as this used to produce the majority of Kenyan coffee, the increased urban sprawl from Nairobi, as well as the increasing land value in the region has meant that estate coffee production has gradually diminished, while smallholder production elsewhere has increased. Nevertheless, estates such as Kamundu Estate continue a legacy of many generations of coffee production, supported by unparalleled local knowledge and experience.
This coffee is naturally processed on raised African beds. Natural processing is quite rare in Kenya, it's much more common to see fully washed coffees.
Ripe cherries are selectively harvested and floated to select only the ripest, highest quality cherries for processing. These cherries are placed in a single layer on raised drying beds and dried in the sun for up to 6 weeks. The cherries must be manually turned periodically every day to ensure an even drying and prevent mould formation. Once the coffee has reached its optimum moisture content it is rested before being hulled, graded further by hand, and finally bagged in GrainPro for export.
In the cup this really is blackcurrant squash. Blackcurrants are front and centre, but there's also a little hint of rhubarb in there. All that's wrapped up neatly by a super interesting blueberry aftertaste.
- Country: Kenya
- Region: Kiambu
- Estate: Kamundu
- Estate Size: 155 hectares
- Altitude: 1,950 m.a.s.l.
- Varietal: SL 34
- Grade: Kenya AB
- Screen Size: 16
- Processing method: Sundried Natural - Raised African Beds
- Soil: Rich, volcanic, red and sandy soil
Cupping Notes: Blackcurrant squash, rhubarb, blueberry
- Clean cup: (1–8): 7
- Sweetness: (1–8): 6
- Acidity: (1–8): 7
- Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6
- Flavour: (1–8): 7
- Aftertaste: (1–8): 6.5
- Balance: (1–8): 6
- Overall: (1–8): 6.5
Correction: (+36): +36
Total: (max. 100): 88
Roast Information: Medium - through first and well into the gap, but drop this before you get to second.