KII PB, Kenya FILTER juicy, raspberry, sweet plum, hibiscus, boiled sweets

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KII PB, Kenya FILTER juicy, raspberry, sweet plum, hibiscus, boiled sweets

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Producer: Small-holder farmers of Rungeto Cooperative

Washing station: Kii, owned by the Rungeto Cooperative

Region: Kirinyaga District
Altitude: 1700 - 1900 masl

Varietal: SL28 & 34
Process: Fully washed, soaked, dried on raised beds

Importer: Falcon Speciality

Cup profile: Juicy & complex, raspberry, sweet plum, hibiscus, boiled sweets

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The Kii factory is located in Ngairiama in the Gichugu division of Kirinyaga district in Central Province. It is one of 3 factories, along with Kiangoi and Karimikui, which make up the Rungeto Farmers Coop Society. This coop was established in 1953 and now has 3507 members. Each smallholder member has around a hectare of land for growing coffee, typically alongside vegetables for the family. The area has rich and fertile red volcanic soil at altitudes of 1700 to 1900 metres above sea level, and receives between 1600 and 1900mm of rainfall annually. 

Coffee in Kenya is graded by size into AA, AB, C, PB and other lower grades. AA is the largest bean size follower by AB, often fetching the highest prices. However, this doesn't always mean that AAs are particularly better in overall cup quality than ABs or PBs. Within the classification system, PB stands for peaberries – seeds of cherries where only one seed develops instead of the more common two. These beans are usually fairly small and round in shape and can exhibit a distinct flavour profile. 

This particular peaberry lot stood up on the cupping table for its pronounced floral quality and an intense sweetness that complements the coffee's juicy body and bright fruit notes.

As is common in Kenya, this lot has been processed by the washed method. After being hand-picked, it is de-pulped and initially sorted for unripe cherries, then it is left to ferment in two stages for overall of 36 to 48hrs before being washed in channels, soaked in fresh water and placed onto raised beds to dry.

All the Kenyan lots we have selected this year are sourced through our importing partner Falcon Speciality who, like us, put traceability and sustainability at the core of their business. Traditionally, the majority of coffees at the auction would have been bought by a small number of large multinationals who would then sell them on to roasters and importers who would often be faced with price volatility and lack of traceability. This year, in efforts to improve the transparency and shorten the supply chain in Kenyan, the Falcon team have made the conscious decision to buy directly from the auction using a local Kenyan company biding on their behalf on pre-selected lots. 

As Falcon explain: “This was a conscious decision to support local Kenyan businesses as well as to make the supply chain more efficient. This is intended to be the first part of a plan to work on the transparency limitations in Kenya and ultimately the goal is to avoid using the auction system at all, by working directly with farmers’ associations, cooperatives and small estates, and not through a marketing agent.”