The Kenya Chinga wet mill is located in the Nyeri district of Kenya. The wet mill processes about 230 acres worth of coffee and is part of the Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society, which is made up of 783 members. Coffee is grown at almost 1800 meters above sea level and is mainly SL28 and SL34 varieties. Grown in red volcanic soil rich in phosphorus the coffee is then harvested and wet processed where the fully ripe cherries are pulped, fermented, washed and slowly dried over a period of 2 to 3 weeks until moisture content has been reduced to a level of 10%. The coffee is then delivered to the Kenya Chinga Mill, where it is processed and prepared for shipment.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Kenya Chinga Peaberry, from BeanFruit Coffee Company in Flowood, Mississippi. Feel free to pull up a chair.
origin: Nyeri, Chinga, Kenya
farm: Kenya Chinga Mill
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society
elevation: 1800 – 1900 meters above sea level
cultivars: SL28, SL34
process: fully washed, raised bed dried
The aroma of the Kenya Chinga Peaberry is phenomenal. Wow. It’s so sweet and fragrant, and it has a bit of a bright liveliness to it, too. Sugary scents of honey and vanilla cream soda mixed with melon, stone fruit, and cascara tea.
Taking my first few sips, my palate is coated by a medium-bodied coffee with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor follows the nose as honey, vanilla, and brown sugar completely envelop my tongue. There’s a presence of sweet fruits up front, and as the coffee cools those flavors become much more apparent—cantaloupe, nectarine, cherry, black currant, passion fruit, lemon, and kumquat with a mellow, sweet citrus acidity—and each sip finishes with flavors of macadamia, florals, and sweet tea.
This coffee was so sweet and so smooth, featuring dynamite flavors of creamy sugar brownings, juicy fruits, and a flourish of floral aromatics throughout the cup. Its bright liveliness, clarity, balance, and roundedness made this a very elegant and distinctive coffee; one that was a pleasure to cup.
I’ve tried a number of coffees from this roaster, and the Kenya Chinga Peaberry, I have to say, is one of the very best selections BeanFruit Coffee Company has offered to date.
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