Mt. Kenya region
Kenya AA Plus is the top tier of the Kenyan coffee grading system. Beans are graded when they are still green and there are a total of eight possible grades available. AA beans are the best available and each bean needs to match the requirements of the grade. This coffee is a great representation of the contribution Kenya has made to the world of high-end coffees. Kenya AA is often regarded as one of the best coffee beans in the world. Several factors such as growing conditions, processing and grading all contribute to the inherent quality of these sought-after beans.
This Kenya Lenana AA Plus coffee comes from small farmers in the Mt. Kenya region, each of who farm about 150 coffee trees. Mount Kenya is the tallest mountain in Kenya, and the second tallest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. This coffee is named after Mt Kenya's second highest peak, Lenana - a visit to which will take an adventurous climber past rainforest, moorlands, gorges and jagged peaks. On a clear day, the summit of Kilimanjaro is visible from Lenana, 200 miles across the savannah.
The farmers here deliver their just-picked red cherry to cooperative wet mills, which disc pulp, ferment, wash and then sun dry the coffee on elevated drying tables.
Cupping: Here is a Bright Juicy cup with Heavy, Creamy body and flavor notes of Tropical Fruit and Syrupy, Caramel Sweetness
Roast Level: Full City Plus/Dark
Altitude: 4900 to 5500 feet above sea level
Varietals: SL 28, SL 34 of Kent and Bourbon Ancestry
Processing: Fully Washed
Average Farm Size: 150 trees