Kenya Karinga AA


Kenya Karinga AA

Monday Roast
lemon-lime - apricot - black cherry

Regular price $21.95 Sale

 REGION:  Kirinyaga     FARM:  Karithathi Co-Op   FARMER:  Karithathi Co-Op

VARIETAL: SL28, SL34      ALTITUDE: 1685 M     PROCESS: Washed     ROAST: Medium | Light



This coffee is only ROASTED on Mondays. 

Please order by Sunday, 11:59 pm PST, to be placed on the roast queue to receive that week’s roast. Please note: Your entire order will be shipped together - as often this causes a delay if you order in advance. If you would not like your order shipped together, please order separately. 

Flavor notes of lemon-lime, tree tomato, apricot, plum, black cherry, this drip coffee from Kenya is very balanced with a very sweet lingering aftertaste.

Coffees from Kenya are very distinct - and by and large Mike Perry's favorite. Known to be winey, savory, and vibrant, we love to showcase these coffees for what they are, truly unique. We specifically look for cup profiles that have clean, juicy, tropical acidity with high intensity of citric acidity, and full-bodied, coating sweetness. These coffees are sought after by many roasters, and we always find ourselves rushing to secure the best lot we can.

The Karinga factory was established in 1983 and rests on 5 acres of land serving the Villages of Kimaruri, Kariungu, Gachuha and Mugalwa. It is affiliated to Gitwe Farmers’ Co-operative Society Ltd. which includes about 650 individual farmers. Farmers deliver fresh harvested cherries to the factory, where the coffee is processed in a traditional washing method: After pulping the coffee is stored overnight, washed, soaked and spread on the drying tables. The parchment is then frequently turned on the drying tables, sorted and stored awaiting delivery to the millers.

About the SL28/34 varietals:

SL28 was bred by Scott Laboratories in 1931 from Tanganyika D.R, and has become very popular throughout Kenya and is recognized as a variety of exceptional cup quality. It has wide leaves with coppery tips. Beans are wide and productivity comparatively low. Though it is not substantiated that we can find, some sources claim that Scott Labs crossed mutations of French Mission, Mocha and Yemen Typica to produce the SL 28 variety. No matter the exact genetic composition, almost certainly their original goal was to create a plant with high quality, reasonable productivity and great drought resistance.

SL 34 is a mutation of French Mission, originating from the plantation of Loresho in Kabete, SL 34 has wide leaves with bronzy tips. It is widely grown throughout Kenya. SL 34 is valued for its high productivity in different climate conditions and great height ranges. It is also claimed to be resistant towards draught and strong rainfall.