Kiangoi AB, Kenya

Kiangoi AB, Kenya

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Name: Kiangoi AB
Region: Kirinyaga, Kenya
Tasting Notes: blackberry jam, red currant, blood orange, and red grape. 
Brewing Specs: For pourovers, a 1:16 ratio makes the acidity pop on this coffee and emphasizes sweetness. On espresso, a 1:2 - 1:2.1 ratio balances out the tart acidity and focuses on sugar-browning characteristics.
Farm/ cooperative: Kiangoi – Rungeto Cooperative
Process: Washed
Varieties: SL 28, SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian
Altitude: 1,600-1,800 MASL

We LOVE Kenyan coffees here at Little Waves Coffee. Their classic profile zings in your mouth and leaves a lingering finish that is just like no other coffee. This Kenyan coffee (as well as the Kiangoi AB) was selected at the 2023 EXPO when we cupped samples at the Kenyan booth led by Mbula Musau of Utake Coffee. Mbula is a force in our industry when it comes to quality control, roasting, and exporting excellent Kenyan coffees by small farmholders. Phyllis Johnson of BD Imports, who helped us get these coffees to us, said "One important highlight of these coffees is not only the coffee itself but the incredible value that Mbula at Utake adds in the supply chain.  Most coffee supply chains for Kenyan coffee are through foreign-owned exporting and multinational channels."
The factories of the Rungeto Farmer’s Co-operative Society were recognized after liquidation of the famous Ngiriama co-operative society which had a lot of Assets. After liquidation Kiangoi, Karimikui and Kii joined hands to form the Rungeto Farmer’s Cooperative society operative society. 
Perched high up in the southern foothills of Mount Kenya on rich red volcanic soil, the areas surrounding the Kiangoi factory are ideal for producing some of the finest Kenyan coffee. Farmers in these fertile foothills who typically cultivate around 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots have been delivering cherry to the Kiangoi factory, which is one of 3 factories managed by the Rungeto Farmers’ Cooperative Society. Smaller in size than other FCS, Rungeto has focused on quality processing and meticulous attention to detail, garnering it a reputation for amazing coffee and some of the cleanest and best organized factories in Kenya. At the Kiangoi factory only the ripest cherries are delivered, and additional hand sorting and floating is done to remove less dense and damaged beans before the coffee is depulped, fermented and washed. After the coffee is washed, it’s soaked in fresh water for long periods of time to solidify the hallmark Kenyan profiles. The coffee is dried over a period of two weeks on raised beds, which are carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control for optimal drying. When the coffee is milled for export, the green beans are sorted by screen size and graded according to size and shape. Larger beans (17/18 screen) are
labeled AA, 15/16 screen are labeled AB, and the round peaberry are labeled PB.
Today, the Rungeto Farmer’s society is working with 1,150 coffee farmers and also operates a dairy cooling plant and collects over 120,000 liters of milk a month and is a supplier to one of Kenya’s largest dairy product companies. This helps the farmers diversify their income base. Using Fairtrade premiums, the society has also set up a fuel station. The income allows the society to cover it’s overheads thereby increasing the farmers income.
We're excited to have this AB from this region. Most AB coffees I have tasted from Kenya tend to be a bit more on the savory side but the quality really shines through in this AB and we still get that vibrant, zingy cup! 

*If you would like this coffee ground, please specify brew method in comments. 

Bags are 12oz/340g, 2#, 5#