Where in the world?
Small Holders around Mikari Mill
SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Blackcurrant, Cherry Cola, Grapefruit
What’s the story?
A great Kenyan coffee is a bully on the cupping table. It’s not just the exceptional sweetness, acidity and creamy body, it’s the harmony between all these elements that sets these coffees apart. This beautiful coffee has multiple layers of flavour, soft blackcurrant and sweet cola, balanced by a lemon sherbert, grapefruit and delicate strawberry acidity, resulting in a luxurious and satisfying brew.
Kiambu County has cool temperatures and fertile central highlands, lying between the Eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the Eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, and the Western slopes of Mt. Kenya. The Mikari Factory is managed by the Mikari Farmers Co-operative Society. The co-op processes coffee from members who generally cultivate around 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots.
This coffee growing community has well established practices that ensure that the precious red cherries grown in the rich volcanic soils of the Aberdares Highlands are immaculately looked after. from after being picked at their ripest then pulped, the beans are fermented for 12 – 48 hours (depending on climatic conditions) they are then washed and
dried slowly over 2 – 3 weeks on raised African beds until the moisture content is reduced to 10-12%.
The red volcanic soils are rich in phosphorus and well drained, and it’s this that greatly contributes to the fantastic flavour profile of this coffee, especially the unique cola-esque acidity. The careful fermentation and washing then preserve all those beautiful fruit flavours.
The cherry cola flavours are there in both espresso and filter, with a fabulous long blackcurrant jam finish
Time: 6:30 minutes
For a super clean cup we’re using 3 Filter Papers and a 6 minute steep.
Pour water in 30 seconds, seal and steep.
At 6 minutes, stir and gently plunge for 30 seconds.
Crisp and clean with tones of blackcurrant and a hint of black tea.
Espresso: La Marzocco Linea Mini
Time: 30 Seconds
Flavours of Blood Orange, Vanilla, Blackcurrant and Dark Chocolate