Washed, Kenyan coffee
Kii is a wetmill located in Kirinyaga in the central parts of Kenya. Together with Nyeri, Kirinyaga is a district at the foothills of Mount Kenya and is very well known its intense, complex and flavour-rich coffees.
The coffee mostly comes from smallholder farms with around 100 trees each. The farmers are organised in cooporative societies that acts like umbrella organisations for the wet mills where the farmers deliver their coffees…
Most farmers are close to more than one wet mill and are free to choose who they want to work with.
Most of the coffee in the region is grown under the shade of Gravelia and Muringa Aloevella trees. This helps to make the cherries sweeter and more complex.
Kenya has a traditional auction system when it comes to buying coffee which means that good quality is often rewarded with a higher price. The best wetmills will therefore attract more farmers because they will like get a higher reward.
There are about 950 smallholder delivering to this wetmill. Most of the coffee grown in this area is of the SL 28 and SL 34 varieties, but this one also has a bit of Ruiru 11 and K7.
The beans are graded by bean size where AA are the biggest beans.
The soil around Mount Kenya is red volcanic soil which contains a lot of minerals that the coffee likes. The combination of high altitude (1600-1800 m.a.s.l.) and the fertile soil is some of what gives this coffee such a unique profile.
We bought this coffee after tasting it on a cupping table in Oslo in April. It stood out to us because of its juiciness and bright fruity notes.