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We've thoroughly enjoyed tasting this Kenyan Peaberry coffee from our friends at Legado Coffee Roasters. A peaberry is a naturally occurring mutation where the coffee bean (which is actually a seed) grows alone in its cherry rather than in the usual pair. The round result of this natural mutation is prized for its quality, flavour and ease of even roasting due to its shape.
This particular peaberry lot has everything you'd want from this type of coffee. It's sweet, fruity and features a subtle, integrated acidity than its often more tart AA compatriots. We particularly enjoyed it in brew methods with longer extractions like a French press or a Chemex. The dominant flavours to our palates were of the stone fruit variety, with the occasional hint of tangy green apple acidity.
- Tasting notes: Blackcurrant, Green Apple, Stone Fruit
- Roast: Light
- Brewing Method Suggestions: Quite versatile – Filter Machine, V-60 Pour Over, Chemex, Plunger (French Press), Aeropress, Siphon & Espresso
This unique Kenyan coffee is the result of contributions by about 750 farming families to their cooperative washing station called Kathima. The cooperative society of Thambana oversees this factory, and two others in the region, representing a total of about 3,000 farmers.
Kathima is located in Embu County, situated to the east of the more commonly seen growing regions Nyeri and Kirinyaga, but still within a stone’s throw of Mount Kenya. In all of Africa, only Kilimanjaro tops the maximum elevation of Mount Kenya.
Smallholders like those that contribute to Kathima Factory tend to measure their plots by number of trees rather than acreage, averaging around 250 coffee plants per plot. Many are inter-cropping to improve the biodiversity of the region and the security of their harvest, planting banana, grevillea, and macadamia in addition to coffee. Kenya’s auction system elevates the value of exceptional coffees, and keeps the country’s coffee margins high, stable, and independent of the volatile C Market.
- Producer: 750 smallholder farming families organized around the Thambana Cooperative Society’s Kathima Factory (washing station)
- Harvest: Dec-Mar
- Varietal: SL28 & SL34 (Peaberry Grade)
- Processing Method: Fully washed and sun dried
- Region: Embu
- Country: Kenya
- Elevation: 1,900m