Kenya - Kiunyu AB - 12oz
We Taste: Pineapple, Cherry Limeade, Blackberry Juice, and ApricotLocation: Nyeri
Altitude: Above 5,000 feet
Kiunyu wetmill (or factory) was established in the 1960s and currently had 3,082 members. It is one of two factories operated by Karithathi Farmer Co-operative Society headquartered in Kirinyaga town. Kiunyu - managed by Joseph Musila - is situated at 1,644masl and serves smallholder farmers in the local villages of Kianduma, Kiambuku, Kiambatha, Gature and Kiamuki. The farmers typically have a small amount of land and cultivate the varieties of SL34, Ruiru 11 and Batian. As part of their membership, the co-operative provides training, credit & financial services, and inputs such as fertilizer to increase yield and plant health.
Here is a little bit about he processing of this sparkly sweet Kenyan coffee magic:
The coffee is wet processed, whereby fully ripe cherries are:
- - Pulped
- - Fermented in water for 12 - 48 hours (depending on climatic conditions)
- - Washed and graded in clean water channels
- - Dried slowly over 2 - 3 weeks on raised African beds until the moisture content is reduced to 10-12%.
The coffee is then taken to a central dry mill where it is rested in parchment for 3 weeks before being hulled, cleaned and graded by bean size. Finally, the coffee is carefully handpicked before being bagged in GrainPro for export from Mombasa.