- If you've ever visited our web site or roastery before, you'll know we adore the complexity of floral African coffees. This is our first venture in Kenya and we've a got a garland of flavour with this beautiful Muburi AA. It's a sweetly rounded coffee with a big citrus finish. If you like well-defined coffee that is exceptionally fruity, then is most likely just your cup of tea ... er...coffee.
Rin recommends: a pour-over brew method to highlight the subtleties of this incredible single origin. Perfect for Aeropress / Chemex / Softbrew.
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KENYA - Muburi AA
ALTITUDE – 1600 masl
LOCATION – Rwama Village, Gichugu, Kirinyaga
PREPARATION – Washed
VARIETY – SL28 (Burbon/Typica)
OWNER - Co-operative
HARVEST – October - November
Muburi factory is located in the village of Rwama, in the Gichugu division in Kirinyaga County. The nearest big town is Kianyaga (approximately 5km away), which is itself a couple of hours drive from the capital Nairobi.
The annual rainfall in the area is approximately 1,900 mm, divided in two rainy seasons. The altitude at the factory is 1,600 metres.
Muburi has a total of 1,080 active members and is a part of the Rwama Cooperative Society. The cooperative has another factory called Muthigi-Ini, which has another 1,700 smallholder farmer members. As is typical of this region, over 80% of all annual production is main crop, which means it is harvested between October and January. Coffee farmers in the area also cultivate maize, bananas and macadamia on their smallholdings.
Lemon and orange with a sweet, full body.
SCAA CUP SCORE: 88
SL28: A mutation of the Bourbon and Typical varietals, created in the 1930's by Scott Laboratories. The coffee plant has copper coloured leaves and broad beans. It's native to Kenya and highly sought-after. Very citrus in flavour with lovely sweetness and balance.
While it may be widely known as a type of Kenya coffee, Kenya AA is actually a classification of coffee grown in Kenya. All Kenyan coffee is graded after it is milled. Grades are assigned based on the screen size of the bean. Beans with a screen size of 17 or 18 (17/64 or 18/64 of an inch) are assigned the grade AA, generally the largest bean. While the large bean size is considered by many to be a sign of quality, it is important to note that it is only one of many factors in determining high quality coffee.