ORIGIN: Githunguri, Kiambu, Kenya
VARIETAL: SL-28, Riuru 11
PROCESS: Fully Washed
ALTITUDE: 1850 - 1880 masl
HARVEST: November to January
PRODUCER: Hanner Wunjiku Mukunga
RELATIONSHIP: Second year of purchasing
ORIGIN PARTNER: KenyaCof
Hands down our highest-scoring Kenyan release of 2022, this AA grade from Mukunga Estate is back once again for 2023. We cupped this at a very respectable 88 points on arrival, and we’re hoping everyone gets an opportunity to try this if they can. Fruit-driven, wild and superior in quality, it’s one of the best examples of Kenyan coffee we’ve encountered in years.
Mukunga Estate is owned and operated by Hanner Wanjiku Mukunga. The estate’s high altitude of 1850 to 1880 masl creates the ideal conditions for cultivating high-quality coffee. Hanner complements these conditions with a focus on quality-oriented processing. Approximately 90% of the trees planted on Mukunga estate are SL28. The remaining trees are Ruiru 11. Most of the coffee trees on the farm were planted in the 1970s and still generate outstanding fruit. Hanner selectively handpicks ripe red cherry and processes it on the estate using his own wet mill. Cherry is pulped, fermented, then washed in clean water and laid to dry on raised beds for around 15 days, depending on conditions at the time.