Origin Story

The Kii coffee factory is run by a cooperative of 850 active members in the Kirinyaga region of Kenya. Located at the base of Mt. Kenya which is the second-highest peak in Africa, this coffee factory is named after the Kii river that flows nearby. The Kii coffee factory team receives coffee cherries from its members and then sort, float, depulp, ferment, wash, and soak the coffee. The coffee is then dried for two week on raised beds before it is precisely milled to the Kenyan AA grade classification. The dry milling ensures a uniform coffee bean size which we've found enhances the acidity and expressiveness of the tasting notes.


Our last Kenyan coffee offering of the season is steadily sweet and juicy with a stone fruit base, and grapefruit acidity to make it a truly rounded cup of coffee.

  • 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 two growers hugging in field
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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.

12oz of Kenya Kii AA
Kenya Kii AA