Explore the Spirit of Africa through the Lens of Friendship and Cooperation

Region: Kirinyaga, Kenya

Washing Station: Kii Rung'eto

Producer: Frederick Kariithi

Process: Washed

Variety: SL28

Tasting Notes: Pineapple, Papaya, and Florals

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As we began to explore Kenya a few years ago, we met a man named Fredrick who managed the Kii Rung'eto Cooperative in Kirinyaga. Fredrick saw that coffee had the ability, in many ways, to improve quality of life for the farmers in his cooperative. He was passionate about equipping them to save and reinvest their livelihoods, so he opened a bank and created systems for them to get paid quickly and directly. When he noticed that the members were buying cows (which is a common method for holding wealth in Kenya) he also opened a dairy cooperative. This drastically increased peoples' ability to grow their income, and when we visited last they had outgrown their initial dairy building and purchased a larger one so they could keep expanding.

Kii has been one of our favorite coffees year after year, and the cooperative has proved to produce coffees with some of the most tropical notes from this region. It's a must-try for the flavors and vibrance in the cup, but it's also easy to appreciate for the good it has created in the lives of those who grew it.

V60 Brew Recommendations:

Dose: 20g

Ratio: 1:17

Grind: Coarse

Bloom: 1:2 for 30s

Total Brew: 3:15

TDS: 1.37

Extraction: 19.9%

We recommend a grind much coarser to preserve fruitier notes.


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