This Kenyan Doondu Estate was sourced via the Premium program at Sevenoaks coffee.
Kenya has is a geographically diverse country. In the East there is a coastline of 536 km (333 mi). Of course this coastline is along the Indian Ocean. Roughly in the middle is Mount Kenya, which is almost 5200 masl, the highest altitude in the country.
Of course the country has a long history associated to homosapiens. Most probably the first of them settling in the country around the 3rd millennium BCE.
Even though the likely birth place of Arabica is just to the north of Kenya, coffee was introduced as a crop. First by French missionaries in 1893, who introduced coffees from Réunion (Bourbon), and then by the British on a larger scale, who mainly used coffees that came from Brazil.
A number of Scott Agricultural Laboratories (Scott Labs) cultivars were introduced to Kenya, with SL28 becoming the cultivar most associated to Kenya.
Many coffee pundits sing the praises of Kenyan coffee. Well known for its good bright berry and fruit like acidity with an accompanying sweetness. In addition, complexity of their coffees have made them world-renowned.
Kenyan Doondu Estate
Doondu is also an estate coffee like it predecessor Makwa. Estates coffee represent the minority of coffee producers in Keyna, but these estates are normally more financially sustainable, due to the volumes. Unfortunately this coffee is a little aged and while we have fiddled with the roast we are not getting much sweetness out of the coffee.
Below we have included the Estates marketing material:
Our coffee operations include coffee growing and forestry. Coffee is grown on six independent estates in the Central Highland of Kenya covering a total of 775 Hectares (1,915 acres) under coffee. Collectively, the plantations have a capacity to produce an average of 1200MT of coffee annually. The coffee plantations are specifically situated in Kiambu County near Nairobi and Nyeri on the foot hills of Mount Kenya. The coffee comprising 90% is exported directly to overseas roasters and trade houses across Europe, Asia and America while the balance is offloaded through the Nairobi Coffee Exchange.
We have maintained traditional coffee varieties including SL. 28, French mission, K7, Blue Mountain, grafted Ruiru 11 and Geisha. Each estate has its own pulping and wet processing facility. The mill is able to mill our own coffees including other farmers’ coffees. The mill has a daily capacity to produce 3,200 bags of green coffee. This constitutes about 20% of Kenya’s total coffee production.
Google Maps Link: Doondu Estate.
Details of the Coffee
|Region||Kiambu County, Kenya|
|Cultivar||Arabica SL-28, Blue Mountain, French mission, K7, Ruiru 11 and Geisha|
|Processing||Fully washed, dried on raised beds.|
|Packaging||Grain Pro with Hessian|
|Characteristics||Berry fruit with Brazil nut and a medium-full body. Although we have rated it as a 4-star coffee it just barely makes the grade, due to its age.|
|Roast||A long soak followed by what we call a bump and kick with an acceleration into and through first crack.|