Washing Station: Kieni
Origin: Nyeri, Kenya
Roaster: Coffee Collective
Cultivar: SL28, SL34
Harvest: November 2015
Taste Profile: clean and rich with intense floural aromas. Stone fruit, plum, ripe berries. Dried fruit and chocolate aftertaste.
Roast Date: Dec 1
The Kieni wet mill in Kenya is part of the Mugaga society and managed by Charles Mwai Ihatu. We’ve visited and bought from them every year since 2010 and continue to be impressed with their very high quality. This lot is of SL28 and SL34 varieties and was harvested in November 2015. We’ve paid 359% above market price ($ 6,21/lbs FOB) for this outstanding quality. Kieni is now one of the highest paying cooparatives in Kenya.
At the mill the coffee is depulped and fermented in two sets of tanks with an intermediate washing after approximately 10 hours. It is then washed with clean water before it’s carefully dried on raised beds. We roast this coffee light to accentuate the flavours that are developed at the farm.
We are a coffee roastery with three coffee shops and coffee training. We sell wholesale to other coffee shops, cafés and restaurants. In our own coffee shops, we aim to set new standards for coffee brewing and serving, and to keep exploring potentials in coffee all the way from seed to cup.
The dream that drives The Coffee Collective is to explore and unfold exceptional coffee experiences in a manner that gives better living conditions to coffee farmers across the globe.
Coffee quality is brought about in three links: Farmer, roaster and barista. We work hard to ensure that these three links collaborate, working towards the collective goal: Exploring coffee’s taste potential.
As coffee is grown far from Denmark, it is important for us to work with transparency. With our Direct Trade model, we lay out a distinct set of criteria for our trading with the producers. Direct Trade is based on the notion that the better the quality we get, the better price we are able to pay, and the better quality we will have again the following year and so forth.
Ultimately, our dream is for a coffee farmer in Kenya to obtain the same status and living conditions as a wine grower in France.