Kamwangi AA

Complex, aromatic and sweet with notes of green grapes and berries, and finishes with the notes of sugarcane molasses, full body and bright acidity with a long aftertaste.


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  • Country: Kenya
  • Region: Kirinyaga District, Central Province.
  • Town: Nyangeni sub-location, Ngariama Location.
  • Farm: Kamwangi Factory; New Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society.

  • Owner: Approx. 1,000 members of New Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society.
  • Processing: Fully Washed and sun dried on raised beds.
  • Altitude: 1,100 to 1,800 metres above sea level.
  • Varietal: SL28, Ruiru 11 and Batian

This coffee was produced by various smallholder farmers belonging to the Ngariama Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) delivering to the Kamwangi wet mill (locally known as a ‘factory’), located in the northwest of Kenya’s Kirinyaga district. 

Kirinyaga is famous for its coffee. The credentials of the location are indisputable. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that Kamwangi coffees are also exceptional. The area has deep, well drained and fertile red volcanic soil at altitudes of 1,100+ metres above sea level with around 1,400mm of rainfall annually. Smallholder members of this factory have access to training and technical advice in an effort to increase yields. 

All coffee cherries are handpicked and are delivered to the mill the same day, where they undergo meticulous sorting and pulping will only begin when a sufficient quantity of cherries has been received. 

After pulping, the cherries are delivered to one of the factory’s fermentation tanks, where it will ferment for between 24 to 36 hours depending on the ambient temperature at the time. After this, the coffee is fully washed to remove all traces of mucilage, during which time it will be graded. The coffee will then be delivered to dry on the factory’s raised drying beds where it will dry slowly over the course of 12 to 20 days, during which time it will be turned regularly and covered during the hottest part of the day. This results in an exceptional cup with full of flavours and complexity.