Kenya is one of the world's most celebrated coffee origins, thanks in part to the equatorial latitude and soaring elevation of its coffee regions, in part to the intrinsic quality of the SL-28 and SL-34 cultivars that have anchored its coffee fields for the better part of a century, and in part to the way its coffee comes to market. Every harvest, more than a half-million small-scale family farmers across the country deliver freshly harvested coffee cherry to coffee processing centers, known locally as factories, where it is sorted and processed with meticulous care, producing flavors you can’t find anywhere else. We were so excited with what we tasted from this year’s Kenya harvest that we sourced nine different lots. This one, among the largest, was grown by members of the Gakundu Farmers Cooperative Society and processed at their Kamviu factory in Embu, in Kenya's Central Region.

  • Country Kenya
  • Flavor Profile Chocolate + Molasses

The details

  • Country Kenya
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from intelligentsia.com.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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      Image of growers sorting coffee beans

    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.