Kenya Kamwangi Washed
ORIGIN: Kianyaga, Kenya
VARIETAL: Field Blend of SL28, SL34 & Ruiru 11
Suggested Listening: "The Streets are ours" Richard Hawley
A coffee geek's coffee, this is the definition of a bright & Juicy cup.
Roasted light to highlight the origin and sheer quality of the coffee, it displays intense citrus and brown sugar sweetness with a delightful note of orange spice tea. On grinding there is a beautiful perfumed fragrance of sweet fruits and mulling spice.
Citrus flavors resonate in Kamwangi's cup, both in terms of flavor and acidity. The bright acidity is supported by flavors of orange spritzer, sweetened lemonade. As the coffee cools the flavor profile expands to include hints of pomegranate, and candied citrus peel.
Kamwangi factory is located in the Gichugu division of Kirinyaga district. The factory has the good fortune of being connected to the national electric grid, and washing resources are plentiful with the nearby Nyamindi river as the source.
Kamwangi is part of the New Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society ("FCS" - Kainamui is also under the New Ngariama umbrella of coops). Membership has reached nearly 1,000 farmers at Kamwangi, each with a tiny plot of coffee, generally 200 - 300 trees. Kamwangi farmers grow primarily SL-28, SL-34, and Ruiru 11 cultivars, benefitting from the red volcanic soils of Mt Kenya, and most stretch above 1800 meters above sea level.
These factories are basically small washing stations set up in a particular area and are allied with a larger cooperative society - the FCS.
Factories have wet mills, washing/fermenting channels, and raised beds where the coffees are basically processed all the way down to dried parchment (being meticulously sorted along the way). Kamwangi has a water recirculation system set up, as well as eight waste water soaking pits to help minimize the environmental impact.
Aero press brewing is recommended as it highlights the intensity of the cup.