Origin: Rwama Village, Gichugu division, Kirinyaga County
Varietal: SL28 & SL34
Altitude: 1600 metres above sea level
Flavours: Sweet vine tomato, orange, lemon and a sweet and full body
SCAA Score: 88
Grind: Whole Bean
Where is it from?
Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya has been described as “the cradle of humanity”, due to the fact that in the Great Rift Valley, palaeontologists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of man’s ancestors. Kenya’s topography is incredibly diverse. The country is a land of mountains, valleys, open plains, deserts, forests, lakes, savannahs and a golden sanded coastline. With its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife, Kenya is one of Africa’s major tourist destinations.
70% of Kenya’s coffee is produced by smallholder farmers. Typically, a Kenyan smallholding or ‘shamba’ is comprised of shade-grown coffee, a house, the family cow and a variety of vegetables and fruit to sustain the family.
The SL28 and SL34 varietals are now world famous and highly admired for their wonderful complexity in the cup and unrivalled lemony acidity. The country’s best coffees are grown in the Central Highlands on the southern slopes of Mt. Kenya to the north and in the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains to the west. Here coffee is grown on farms with altitudes of up to 1,800 metres above sea level and this, along with the fertile volcanic soils of the region, is key to the unbelievable flavours that can be found within the cup. The best coffees in Kenya are also produced by cooperatives, of which there are around 300 comprised of between half a million to 600,000 smallholder members. About 60% of Kenya’s coffee is produced by cooperatives, with estates and plantations making up the balance.
Muburi factory is located in the village of Rwama, in the Gichugu division in Kirinyaga County. The nearest big town is Kianyaga (approximately 5km away), which is itself a couple of hours drive from the capital Nairobi.
The annual rainfall in the area is approximately 1,900 mm, divided into two rainy seasons. The altitude at the factory is 1,600 metres.
Muburi has a total of 1,080 active members and is a part of the Rwama Cooperative Society. The cooperative has another factory called Muthigi-Ini, which has another 1,700 smallholder farmer members. As is typical of this region, over 80% of all annual production is the main crop, which means it is harvested between October and January. Coffee farmers in the area also cultivate maize, bananas and macadamia on their smallholdings.
The recommended Kenya was fabulous and I am thoroughly enjoying the aroma and taste. The whole purchase and delivery by Django was excellent - no fuss and professional. Thank you.
2018-06-10 16:17:56 UTC
I brewed this in a V60, 18g/300g, medium fine (I think, notch to the left of the A in Aeropress in a Wilfa anyway), 30s bloom about 2:40 in total.
I thought tomatoes was a bizarre descriptor, and slightly off-putting, but wow. Beautifully balanced, citrusy, juicy sweetness and this unusual cherry tomato aftertaste.
Superbly roasted and one of the most enjoyable coffees I’ve drunk.