This is another delicious small lot Kenya from the Kirinyaga region. After cupping many lots from different processing stations, we finally decided on this unique AB lot from he Karumandi factory.

The Karumandi factory was established in 1961 and is located in Kirinyaga County in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Operating as one part of the larger Baragwi Co-operative Society, the factory takes its name from the Kikuyu word for moles, since there are said to be many in the region. It is on foothills of Mount Kenya - an extinct volcano which has historically contributed to the rich and fertile soils of the region - the factory is surrounded by thousands of smallholder subsistence farmers who grow coffee as a cash crop alongside potatoes, bananas, mangoes, avocados and some livestock. The average altitude of these smallholdings is approximately 1,750 masl, a factor which contributes to the complex flavor of the coffee.

The factory is en route to the Kamweti Castle, where the Queen of England stayed before Kenya’s independence, in 1963.

At the Karumandi factory, the coffee is washed with the fresh river water and dried in the sun on raised beds. Thanks to a recycling process, the factory re-uses the water throughout the day, to significantly reduce water consumption.

This coffee is very sweet and complex and is dynamic as it cools. Notes of tropical fruit, guava, melon, lemon, chocolate; bright, juicy acidity and a creamy body are present in this elegant cup.

Location:  Kirinyaga region
Producer: Baragwi Farmers Co-op 
Varietal: SL-28 & SL-34 (AB)
Process: Fully washed
Altitude: 1,700 - 1,800 m.