ESPRESSO | FILTER
Blackcurrant sweetness mingles with tropical fruits acidity and hints of cacao in this delightfully complex cup.
KENYA | ABERDARE RANGES
About This Coffee
The Aberdare Range is a 160 kilometre long mountain range of upland, north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. It has an average elevation of 3,500 metres(11,480 ft). It is located in Nyandarua County, West central Kenya, northeast of Naivasha and Gilgil, just south of the Equator. There are about 90 acres of coffee producing land housing up to 50,000 trees. Coffee varietals SL28, SL34, K7, Ruiru 11 and the Batian are grown in the Aberdare Ranges. The Aberdare Coffee Planters Cooperative Society produces premium and specialty arabica coffee in micro-lots of 500 tonnes per annum.
Kenyan Coffees are known for its full rich flavour profile along with a profound winey acidity and pleasing aroma. Kenyan Coffees also produce a distinct fruity and berry undertones that can be detected from its aroma and mouthfeel. There is a huge range of flavours and nuances that Kenyan Coffees can offer to those with a well developed palate.
The exported AA graded specialty coffees from Aberdare Ranges attain a cup score of 86 - 90. High acidity, full bodied, sweet and clean cup are distinct traits of the coffee produced.
As we develop the roasting profile for the Kenyan AA from Aberdare Ranges, we have to keep in mind its high growing altitude of 1800 - 2000 masl which translates to highly dense bean. The coffee is also largely sized and absorb a significant amount of heat. Therefore, we chose a higher charge temperature and a longer pre-development period to ensure the sugars fully caramalize throughout the bean. As the coffee is densely packed with a naturally high body, we roast it to a lighter medium roast to balance its sweetness, body whilst retaining the fruity and floral notes that the Kenyan AA can offer.