Kenya Arrivals: Muiri Estate, Kaliluni and Nzaini Cooperatives / by Education RoyalNY

Three brand-new offerings have arrived at Royal New York from Kenya. All three are awesome examples of the classic Kenyan washed coffee; bright, tangy, a little sweet, and definitely worth a look. Supplies are limited, so be sure to contact your trader to check in about bag quantity and pricing!

Organic Kenya Muiri Estate

The Muiri Estate was founded in the late 1970’s, and is named for a local tree species in the Kikuyu language. Muiri is a large estate, with an on-site wet mill for processing, a dam, storehouses, and cottages for its workers. Muiri has about 156,000 trees in production, and is actively experimenting with other varietals and crops as well.

This coffee is a blend of SL28, SL34, K7, and Ruiru 11. The coffee is washed, then dried on raised beds on-site. Cupping notes are defined by lemon rind, sweet tea, and plum.

Kenya AB Kaliluni

The Kaliluni Cooperative Society is located just east of Nairobi in Machakos county and is made up of just over 1,400 members. Each of these members delivers their coffee immediately after harvest to a centralized wet mill that handles the processing for the entire society. Harvesting is very selective, and the wet mill in Kaliluni turns out about 151 metric tons of high-quality green coffee each year.

This lot is made up of the SL28 and SL34 varietals, and is grown between 1,450 and 1,800 meters above sea level. Coffee is washed, then sun-dried on raised beds. The resulting cup profile is bright but sweet, with notes of raspberry, sweet lemon, white sugar, and apricot.

Kenya AA Nzaini Co-op Society

Based in Machakos county in southern Kenya, the Nzaini Cooperative Society is made up of about 546 members. The Society has a centralized wet mill in Nzaini where members deliver their harvested cherry daily for processing. Nzaini is part of a larger cooperative group known as Kikima, which is made up of more than 3,200 producers.

This coffee is grown at around 1,400-1,800 meters above sea level and is made up of SL28 and SL34 varietals. Its has a classically bright washed Kenyan cup profile; with notes of grapefruit and hibiscus, rounded out with pear and raspberry sweetness. Look for excellent green coffee prep, a result of careful harvesting and sorting.