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Kenya Kabumbu AA Black Label | Archived

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Tasting Notes

Kenyan coffees are known for a high amount of acidity.  This gets a bad rap sometimes, but really it is a mouthfeel that makes the coffee feel almost juicy.  I sample coffees all of the time, this coffee changed the way I grade acidity.  I have a new 10 and it is this coffee.  If you like Kenyan coffees, this one is for you.  As I drink this coffee I notice the juicy grapes and almost like a spiced fruit punch.  There is definitely a sweet chocolate note.  This coffee will make it so you don't miss our Kenyan Peaberry anymore.

Why is it so expensive?  Because we just weren't able to get that much.  This is such a good cup of coffee, we kept it off of our wholesale and unroasted offerings list and reduced the batch size to keep it as a premium offering for people that really want to enjoy it. Remember that Kenyan coffees are unique (My wife doesn't love it), but if you want 100% the best that a country known for complex and amazing coffees has to offer, you've found the right coffee. 


Roast Level: City (Light)
Processing: Washed (Wet Process)
Region: Africa
Flavor Notes: Cranberries, Orange, Spiced Fruit Punch
Body: Juicy, Complex
Classification: Black Label
Recommended Brew Methods: Drip
Country Region: Kagumo, Kirinyaha County
Certification: Direct Trade
Farm: Kabumbu
Producer: Joseph Karaba
Varietal: SL-28, SL-34 Grade AA
Altitude: 1650m

Kabumbu Coffee Production:

Kabumbu is a farm in Kirinyaga County run by farmer Joseph Karaba. He inherited the farm from his father and Kabumbu has been in Joseph's family for at least 60 years. Coffee is only one of several other cash crops growing on the farm, including bananas, avocados and macadamia nuts. At 1650 meters, Kabumbu Farm isn't exactly high altitude for Kenya. And the coffee he's chosen to plant are more disease resistant types like Batian rather than straight SL's (though there are some SL-28 and SL-34 mixed in). We weren't really sure what to expect from Kabumbu, but the cups we tasted were some of the best from the region, and we wound up purchasing his AA, AB and Peaberry lots! This particular lot is a mix of AA and AB screen sizes, as on their own, they didn't add up to a whole lot of bags. It's worth noting that I spotted quite a few peaberry beans in the coffee too. From a contract standpoint, perhaps that's not ideal as we paid for AA/AB. But it literally has no negative influence on cup flavor, and if anything, is part of what makes this cup so delicious.


In addition to whole coffee beans, we currently offer 4 different coffee grind levels.  Listed below with descriptions.

Whole Bean: Unground coffee for a home grinder.

Coarse: Think sugar in the raw, maybe more coarse
   Recommended for Chemex Brewer, French Press, Cold Brew

Medium: Slightly coarser than table salt
   Recommended for Flat bottom brewers, Kalitta, and Cloth filters

Fine:  Slightly finer than table salt
   Recommended for V60 pour overs, Typical cone filter coffee pots, Aeropress.

Extra Fine: Like powdered sugar
   Recommended for Espresso or Moka pot.

If at all possible, we recommend grinding at home. We prefer Baratza coffee grinders and offer several of their models for sale. Click here to shop for one of their brewers.

Roasting Schedule:

We roast and ship all of our coffees daily.  Unlike many roasters, they pick a day for each varietal.  We roast in small enough batches to guarantee that every bag of coffee that you order is roasted after you order it, usually the day after you order it.  We then ship it that day.

We primarily use USPS priority shipping and we've found that they are more consistent on some days vs. others.  Sometime we'll use Fedex 2 day when the economics of the order make sense.  We like to use priority shipping which is supposed to be 2/3 day shipping to most of the country, but that doesn't always happen, in fact, our analytics show that about 10% of the time it takes 4 days or longer to receive the coffee. 

That said, due to COVID-19, USPS has announced that Priority will be 3-4 days.  I'm guessing that means that you'll see 5, 6 or even 7 days to get your package right now.  So read below for a pricing / option change that we're making during this period.

We believe that with this schedule your coffee will be the freshest possible every time.

Also, if you order before 6am AZ on most days, we'll be able to include it in that day's production, but depending on volume it may go out the next day.  We hope as we grow, we'll still be able to meet these commitments.

Coffee Order Shipping Policy:

  • On coffee orders, we the lowest priced between USPS Priority & Fedex 2day.  Generally it is USPS priority (3-4 days).
  • Lowest priced priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
  • Lowest priced priority shipping for $30 Orders is FREE
  • During COVID-19, you'll have the opportunity to choose your preferred shipping method for a $3 upgrade.

    Brewing Equipment Shipping Policy:

    • Unless otherwise noted all items are shipped the lowest priced between USPS Priority (3-4 days) or Fedex Home Delivery (4 days).
    • Priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
    • FREE USPS Priority shipping price for $30 Orders
    • Our shipping cut-off is about 10am.  Typically, if an order comes in before that time, we ship same day.  Otherwise, we ship next day.

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