Kenya Mchana Estate
Balanced, complex notes of tart fruit, malt, blood orange
Tasting Notes: Balanced, Complex Notes of Tart Fruit, Malt, Blood Orange
Region: Kiambu County
Recently it was our good fortune to secure a few bags of Kenya Mchana Estate beans. This coffee comes to us from Central Kenya, north of the capital Nairobi, and is produced on one of the largest estates in Kenya. Modern Mchana estate is the happy result of two developments in this region’s coffee history: large scale French investment in coffee production in post World War II Kenya and the recent rehabilitation of neglected estates by modern agronomists in response to more sophisticated market demand.
The initial success of the estate came at a time in which the classic Kenyan coffee varieties were dominant, and to this day more than 2/3 of the estate is planted with SL28, closely associated with the distinctive flavor profile that defines the best Kenyan coffees. Since 2009 Mchana Estate has been under the management of Mr. Wambungo, an innovative and expert farm manager committed to maintaining Mchana’s reputation as one of the best producing estates in Kenya. He has renovated areas that had been underutilized, focused attention on processing and post-harvest infrastructure and expanded staff training. The estate employs over 200 permanent workers, all of whom are all housed on the farm. A medical dispensary, preschool and primary school are also available on the estate. Mchana has been UTZ Certified since 2005 and is also certified Rainforest Alliance.
In the cup our Mchana Estate Kenya shows a striking and very pleasing balance. Bright, complex citric and malic tinged acidity is prominent but not dominating, balanced by light floral aromas and deep notes of raspberry and red plum. The textured mouthfeel and lightly malty finish lend the cup a depth and dimension that ends in lingering notes of blood orange.
Grower: Mchana Estate
Variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 & K7
Altitude: 5,500 ft.
Processing: Fully washed & dried on African beds