Delivering the classic flavour traits we’ve come to know and love from Kenya’s Kirinyaga region, this AA selection from the Kiang’ombe coffee washing station balances fruit & floral notes in an elegant fashion.
Coffee has been cultivated in the Kabare ward of Kenya’s Kirinyaga County since 1952. Around 1,100 smallhold farmers, for whom coffee is just one agricultural crop, deliver their coffee cherries to the Kiang’ombe washing station each harvest, culminating in around 190 tonnes of coffee cherries to process each season. Each farmer will typically have 250 or so coffee trees planted between 1,700 and 1,800 metres in rich, volcanic soil. It is normal for the farmers to apply decomposed coffee cherry pulp as well as cow manure to fertilise their coffee trees.
The Washing Station
Upon reception of coffee cherries from the contributing smallhold coffee farmers the fruit is initially hand sorted before being processed in the typical manner of the region. After depulping the mucilage covered parchment ferments under water for around 24 hours before being graded and scrubbed in washing channels. The clean parchment then soaks for another period of time in clean water from the Mukengeria river, which can help to homogenise and stabilise the seeds before they are put out to dry. Kiang’ombe, meaning home of cows, is the name of the washing station, hinting at the local area’s history of prevalent cow husbandry.
The Coffee Growers’ Co-operative Society
Kiang’ombe coffee washing station was established in 1998 and is one of 11 coffee washing stations operated by the Kabare Farmers’ Co-operative Society. Made up of around 12,000 members, Kabare F.C.S oversees the following washing stations: Karinga, Konyu, Karani, Kiang’ombe, Kaboyo, Mukure, Mukengeria, Kimandi, Kathata, Kiangothe & Kiamiciri. We’re excited to work with a coffee from Kiang’ombe for the first time this year and will continue to look out for more selections from the Kabare F.C.S in years to come.
Photo by Jake Green, taken from the book 'Kunywa Jasho Langu: Coffee Kenya', due for general release on 29th October 2020.
Kiandai, Kirinyaga County, Kenya
Classic fruit tones of raspberry & blackberry drive a juicy cup. A dense honeyed sweetness grounds lavender-like florals & mild hints of cocoa & clove.