Kenya Double A Train - Single Origin
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Notes: Tropical stone fruit, black tea, caramel
Region: Mutunduri, Embu, Kenya
Altitude: 1,300-1,900 masl
Process: Double-washed, sun-dried on raised beds
This roast is our take on the "Take the A Train" classic composition made famous by Duke Ellington. AA is the highest tier of coffee produced in Kenya, and AA beans are regarded for their “big band” feel with a light body, bright mouthfeel, and intense floral taste. Like the music of Duke, and the famous NYC train line—this coffee will take you on a ride that’s unique and delightful.
Mwiria Factory, named for the Kikuyu word meaning “huge”, lives up to its name with the big, flavorful punch of stone fruit, black tea and chocolate it packs in the cup.
Three permanent employees operate Mwiria Factory and hire an additional 30 people during the peak of the season. Smallholders selectively handpick only ripe cherry and deliver it to Mwiria Factory. At intake, the Cherry Clerk oversees meticulous visual sorting and floating, accepting only dense, ripe cherry. After intake, cherry is pulped and wet fermented in Mwiria’s fermentation tanks for 12 to 28 hours. Following fermentation, coffee is washed clean water and graded in grading channels. Parchment is laid to dry on raised beds. During the busy season when the beds are in
constant use, parchment may be soaked in clean, circulating water for up to 24 hours before being dried. Workers rake parchment frequently to ensure even drying. It takes approximately 14 to 21 days for parchment to dry.
In order to improve their environmental impact, Mwiria has 9 water soak pits that filter and drain waste water from processing. By planting Napier grass and plenty of trees around the pits, excess nutrients and other processing byproducts are filtered from the water, keeping water sources cleaner & safer for nearby communities and helping to return nutrients to the soil and plants.