Producer // Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society
Country // Kenya
Region // Kirinyaga
Cultivar // SL-28
Process // Wet-Process
Elevation // 1850 meters
Tasting Notes // Kumquat, Peach, Floral
Cup Characteristics: Deep rooted in stone fruit and citrus zest, the Karimikui Peaberry is a stunning offering from Kirinyaga. Floral traits keep the cup lofted and expansive while the fruit lingers on the palate.
Along the southern slopes of Mount Kenya a Cooperative society named Rungeto runs three factories: Kii, Karimikui and Kiangoi. These three factories are known across the world as being stellar producers of some of the best coffees coming out of any country, not just Kenya. Rungeto was created in 1953 and given the three high yield factories. Its entire production rivals some Coops that have many more factories, and they recently hired a third party organization to help them increase the yield three fold over the next few years. So needless to say, the Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society is a clear example of excellence.
The Karimikui Factory has over 1000 farmers deliver cherry to its wet mill. These farmers grow their coffee on small plots of land throughout the foothills of Mt. Kenya where some of the most ideal conditions for growing coffee exist.
This lot is a selection of the peaberries from the members of the Karimikui Factory. During the dry-milling process, the majority of the beans fall through an assortment of screens with varying size holes and flattened edges to grade the coffee based on size, while the peaberries remain due to their rounded stature.