2015 Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar
Kieni – Coffee Collective
Origin: Kieni, Kenya
Producer: Cooperative 320 members
Elevation: 1.800 masl
Cultivar: SL28 and SL34
Process: Washed. Dried on raised beds
Harvest: November – December
Roast Date: 7 Dec
Roaster: Coffee Collective
Taste Profile: Fresh and fruity with black currant and blackberries in the aroma balanced by a marzipan-like sweetness.
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 2014. We’ve paid 241% over market price ($ 5,93/lbs FOB) for the outstanding quality.
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 on the farm.
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.