Kiahia Christmas Edition
Roast Date: 11/17/21
Tasting Notes: Winey / Blackberries / Blackcurrants
Origin: Kenya [Nyeri]
Cultivar: SL28 and SL34
This "Christmas edition" coffee is one of the best Kenyan coffees we bought this year. It is rich and intense with complex flavours of fruits and berries.
Right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit I had been traveling to Kenya for a few years in order to see if we could find some smaller coffee estates we could buy coffee from. The goal was to to see if there were some potential producers we could work with long term, like we do in Central- and South-America. Although I am still searching a bit in Kenya, I finally managed to buy something that I think is of exceptional quality from a small estate. Unfortunately I have not been able to visit Kiahia estate personally yet but I could not help buying this coffee when I cupped it as it was so intense and fruity. The 10 hectare family farm is owned by Mr. James Mugumo Munyiri and is located on the highly productive eastern slopes of Aberdare.
There are only SL 28 and SL 34 cultivars planted on this farm which is probably why the coffee is so elegant and fruity. Most of the trees were planted in 1959 and some were planted in 1970. Thanks to our friends at Kahawa Bora we were able to finally buy an estate coffee that can compete with the qualities we get from the cooperative societies in Kenya. In fact this was my favourite Kenyan coffee that we bought in 2021.
Hopefully we will be able to go visit Mr. James Mugumo Munyiri at Kiahia estate soon and hopefully also buy more of his beautiful coffees in the coming years.