||Kenya Maganjo Washed SL28 Peaberry 2013
||Province: Central, District: Nyeri
||Varietals: SL 28
This year in February I took my first trip to Kenya. Not to meet producers but to get an insight into how the market works, and how we can improve the quality of what we buy from Kenya.
Much of Kenyan coffee comes from Co-operatives, which means its tough to go visit a person or build a long term relationship. But there is a very transparent auction system in Kenya, and an opportunity to cup lots of coffee. I cupped hundreds while there, and from those cuppings we brought three back with us. This is the first of those. This is lot number 1566 and was bought from the kenya coffee auctions on the 12th of February on our behalf.
The Maganjo mill is between the Aberdare range and the southern slopes of Mount Kenya, in Nyeri, approx. 24 km south-east of Nyeri town, and 12km east of Othaya, on the Othaya-Karatina road. It sits at an altitude of between 1700 masl and 1850 masl (with the mill sitting at 1763 masl)
The Rumukia co-operative (that owns the mill) was formed by amalgamating 4 existing co-operatives into one in 2004. Maganjo has 743 registered farmers who supply the mill with cherry (496 male, 247 female), with average farm size of one acre (approx. 300 trees).
This is a fully washed, submerged under water, and sun-dried coffee, using African bed drying tables instead of patios.
in the cup this is old school Kenya peaberry. Blackcurrant Ribena dark berry fruits, amazing acidity with a delicious creamy and long lasting mouthfeel.
Affiliated to: Rumukia Farmers Cooperative Society
Average rainfall (mm): 1200-1600
Altitude (masl): 1763
Producers: Male: 496; Female: 247; Total: 743
Average Number of Trees per Farmer: 300
Drying Method: Sun
Harvest Method: Hand picking
Varieties: SL 28
Coordinates: 0°55431'N 37°02721
Soil: Rich Volcanic Loam
Just past first crack, keep this light, don't take this anywhere near second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Blackcurrant, dark berry fruits,amazing acidity, creamy mouthfeel.
« Back to Coffee Archive