Kimunio Estate is another example of a coffee where putting in extra effort has paid dividends. We have made a few visits to owners Harun and Ruth, and been able to assist them in bringing their processing to a higher standard, improving both quality and shelf life for their coffee. We were also able to gift them a humidity meter, as a way for them to monitor the drying rates of their coffee.
For a roaster to purchase directly from a small estate is very rare. We developed this relationship and then had to figure out how to get the coffee milled separately. Being such a small farm, if they were to deliver to the mill and have the beans sorted into the traditional AA/AB/PB the resulting separated screen sizes would have been far too small to export as separate lots. Our only option was to blend the different grades and ask that they be entered into the auction system as UG undergrade, a category usually reserved for coffees of much lower quality that its not even worth screen sorting.
We patiently waited for the coffees to come thru the auction system – 2 lots in the end from the two different parcels Harun and Ruth own – and then made sure were the winning bidder.
This is a fantastic example of what Kenyan espresso can be. Jammy fruit, full, rich buttery body, crisp grape and winey acidity, but balanced with some malty brown goodness to finish.
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Whole beans only. Roasted for espresso brewing.
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