Kenya Kiamabara Peaberry
The story: We’re pleased to offer a wonderful Kenya peaberry that comes to us from the Kiamabara factory, located near the town of Nyeri in the Kenyan Central Highlands. This coffee is the result of a cooperative effort, consisting of the peaberries of several small holder farms brought to the washing station or “factory” by the Mugaga Farmers’ Cooperative. After careful sorting the coffee undergoes a fully washed preparation. The beans are remarkably uniform and clean with a beautiful translucent jade color.
Kenya Kiamabara Peaberry is a big cup that opens with a sweet, malty aroma. As you savor the coffee an intense and complex juiciness takes center stage, featuring lighter notes of lime toned citrus interacting with deep malic notes of tart cherry. The medium body has a delightful silky texture leading into a crisp finish that leaves the palate dry and clean. Overall a brilliant cup in French Press or pour over settings.
About the peaberry: What we know as the coffee “bean” is the seed of the coffee tree, developed inside the berry sized fruit most commonly as one of a pair, each with one flat and one rounded side. The most common mutation in coffee bean morphology is the “peaberry,” the result of only one seed developing in an individual fruit. Peaberries are rounded ovals, with no flat side, and represent 2 to 8 percent of the seeds produced by a given coffee tree. Some tasters prize the peaberry as having all the plant energy of two seeds packed into one, others dismiss this theory as botanically inaccurate. We can say with certainty that peaberries absorb heat differently than flatbean coffees, their uniformity of size and density allow for a beautifully even roast.
Tasting notes: Juicy with notes of citrus and tart cherry, silky body and crisp finish
Farm: Smallholders cooperative
Elevation: 6,000 feet