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Kenya Select Plus AA Kiambu County


Flavor Profile

Cupping Notes
Very good acidity, silky body, strong notes of apricot, stone fruit, citrus and currant

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  • CategoryConventional
  • CountryKenya
  • Local RegionKiambu County
  • ProcessWashed
  • VarietyMultiple Varietals
  • Altitude (meters)1,500 - 2,000 masl
  • HarvestFebruary - March & November - December
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
Starting at $9.30 / lb
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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

Our new Kenya AA Select Plus is produced by a number of small farmers in the central Kenyan farmlands that surround Mt. Kenya. It is a single-origin coffee from the Nairobi Coffee Exchange and considered some of the best quality coffee in the world! The Kenyan Process is a double fermentation method where the puled cherries are soaked twice in fermentation tanks and are sun dried on raised beds for 1-2 weeks. The lots are consolidated at a local mill and go through a double fermentation method before it is sun dried on raised beds. The Nairobi Coffee Exchange grades the beans, cups the coffee, and sells it at auction where we buy it for you.

Cupping Notes: Very good acidity, silky body, strong notes of apricot, stone fruit, citrus, and currant.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating
May 8, 2022

It took me a few samples trying until I found a good balanced coffee. Part of my beans get roasted just into the second crack to get the aromas and distinctive fruit tastes, the other part gets a roast just when the oils start to show, I know it might be not a good idea to let it go to that point, but those oils give it an after taste licorice like, almost subtle numbing; and combined with the lighter roast, make a superb cup of coffee using an aeropress. Now, if you try it roasted when the oils are fully released..just try it. You'll thank me later.

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January 19, 2021

Roasted to a medium dark- Even though I'm a fan of cream and sugar this one I drink black. Nice mild taste with lots of complexity, low acid, bitterness is only noticeable when brewed extremely strong.

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October 7, 2021

I roast my coffee on an outdoor, homemade “Rocket” wood stove. I use a “Whirly Pop”, and stir and shake the beans. I have been doing a lot of that my results are very consistent, and I prefer a medium roast, when it is just getting a little dark. This is the best coffee I have ever roasted. I bring coffee to people and they consistently say it’s the best they’ve ever had and all this coffee is the best that I’ve ever roasted. It is absolutely amazing. To my palate it is a little bit creamy, has little bit of vanilla and a little chocolate. It has very nice sweetness, no sugary taste at all, but very smooth and pleasant. I use a stainless steel filter, so it has a wonderful mouth you and feels a little thick to me. know some people don’t like that feeling but I love coffee that has a thickness to it. It is absolutely no bitterness at all, but I can taste a little bit of acid in and I love that flavor. It is especially good when it cools down a little bit when the flavor nuances come out. I It is not fruity at all like an Ethiopian coffee. I definitely like the central African coffee and until I roasted this Kenyan, my preference was Tanzanian. When I purchase coffee again, I’m going to get at least 10 pounds.

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June 20, 2021

Nice and balanced coffee. Has a slight peppery bight, but has strength and body. Good coffee!

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March 31, 2021

This is my all time favorite coffee. It always roasts up nice. Whether it’s city roast or French roast, the beans deliver the smooth and delicious coffee ever. The beans give a somewhat chocolate flavor and no acid. The shaff is easily removed after roasting so there isn’t a lot of skin in the batch. I love to share it with my friends.

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June 30, 2023

Absolutely the best cup I've had! I like to just tickle first crack when roasting. This bean is so fruity that when enjoyed with a touch of cream you will think there is a syrup added. I would move this above any of my Africans (I have many) and IMO, Africans are already my favorite. DO NOT RUN OUT!!

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October 30, 2022

I have tried this coffee with all roast modes it is always smooth and full bodied. Never a bitter taste. When blended with Colombian or Brazilian the flavors really pop. I would recommend this coffee for beginners as you cannot ruin the roast unless you totally burn it.

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May 16, 2022

Took this to Full City (Just before second crack begins) and had fairly good results. First off, the flavor notes from CBC are on point. However, the main attraction for this one was both the dry fragrance and the wet aroma. Ironically, with the Pour Over (Chemex and Melita cheapy plastic) being the main avenue of enjoying the aroma, the flavor in the cup was comparatively weak. I had a moderately stronger flavor in the Americano and AeroPress (the latter had a longer brew time than I normally utilize with that method). I tried the milk-based route (Flat White is my go-to) and it all but completely muted the flavor profile. Still, with the aroma and fragrance being as lovely as they are, and certain drinks showcasing the flavor profile a bit stronger than others, this was an enjoyable coffee.

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January 6, 2022

I really enjoy this bean. It has a rich fruity smooth taste and nice strong flavor. I was surprised at how many times I said this is so good. Will be buying more on my next order. What a way to start the day!!

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September 23, 2021

I have enjoyed Kenya AA Select for several years. I roast the beans in an old Behmor 1600 roaster which I have owned for 10+ years. I do a medium roast which makes a fine cup of coffee. I grind the beans fresh every morning and make the coffee in an older model Bonavita insulated coffee pot. Delicious!

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July 19, 2021

Silky smooth coffee with good body and great mouth feel. As others have mentioned, a hint of pepper and chocolate, and not much acidity. Aftertaste...well, you want it to last forever! I normally drink Cafe Au Lait to be easy on my stomach, but I could definitely drink this black. Seems like it would make a great espresso. Next time I visit my daughter I have to take some and make espresso. This has been the easiest Kenya coffee to roast so far. It went into a vigorous and sustained first crack the first time I tried it. There is no fiddling necessary! I used the technique I developed for big Kenyan beans which were problematic for me in the past - an extended drying phase slowly approaching 400°F and then a constant temperature around 408°F through the first crack. When it got about to the end of the first crack I turned off the heat and let it coast a minute then quickly cooled it down.

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February 5, 2021

I found that roasting this up to the 14 minute 30 second mark on my roster which is right before second crack, Gave me the flavor profile I was hoping for. Great coffee, will be ordering more.

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July 19, 2023

Roasted 2 mins into 1st crack, and allowed to de-gas for 3 days. Gave beans as gift to four different families and each raved how good it was! I must say…it was!! A must have in your inventory!!

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June 29, 2023

Threw in air fryer for my standard 9 minute dark roast. Very very nice cup of coffee. Kenya is my go to bean.

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April 10, 2023

I fell in love with Kenyan AA coffee 25 years ago while in South Africa. I could generally find the roasted beans from time to time; however, as they began to get harder and harder to find, I found your website and bought a small roaster. I have not been disappointed! The beans have been consistently flavorful and the service in shipping has been very good. Thank you!!

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April 10, 2023

I fell in love with Kenyan AA coffee 25 years ago while in South Africa. I could generally find the roasted beans from time to time; however, as they began to get harder and harder to find, I found your website and bought a small roaster. I have not been disappointed! The beans have been consistently flavorful and the service in shipping has been very good. Thank you!!

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March 26, 2023

Something was missing, tried a number of roasts with this light, medium light and medium and couldn’t get it to truly shine. I have had other Kenya AA/auction lots that blew my socks off and were roasted very similarly but this one didn’t hit home. Not going to give up on the beans I have left but I’m going to move on especially since it’s pushing $9 a pound. The best description out of all the other reviews was the pour over comment tasking weak. I’ve never considered Kenya mediums as weak, but it was almost tea like, I made 3 pour overs all with increasingly more grind and higher temps to enhance extraction but still got the almost watery taste and mouth. What I could taste was good enough (tasted like a Kenya) but it was a lot of work to coax what flavor I could get out of it. I couldn’t sell this because most people wouldn’t be able to tweak and diagnose and first impressions are way too important. Maybe a French press might be a better option, but this will be the first coffee I’ve ever had (out of dozens and dozens) that had this unfortunate condition across all ranges of roast and brew methods.

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March 10, 2023

I've been roaring for 20 years and this is one of my favorites. I would have to say only Geisha has a slightly better flavor. I normally do a City Roast which for me and my wife works well with these beans. Will stock up for sure.

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February 18, 2023

I cannot do justice to describing the aromas coming from my kitchen. I've roasted many coffees since getting my roaster for Christmas, and this one has my mouth watering before I even pour a cup. My preference is a city roast, but my husband likes medium, so I try to fall just shy of my preference to meet in the middle. The coffee has a very slight citrus note to it, which I usually don't love, but it works well in this one. I still put Kona at the top of the coffees I've gotten at Coffee Bean Corral, but this one takes a close second.

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January 19, 2023

This is my second purchase of this coffee and I will keep buying it and roasting it as my daily drinker as long as it is in stock!

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December 21, 2022

This is probably one of our family’s favorite coffee beans! Delicious.

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October 14, 2022

I roast at full city plus and it has provided a full body with just enough acidity to give it that bite that I love.

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April 16, 2022

From medium to dark I love these beans. Bold and smooth shots every time. These are definitely one of my favorites.

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April 14, 2022

Its the only bean we buy ~ love the balanced flavor!

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November 16, 2021

I just roasted more of this bean from my 1# bag at light roast (city-) with my FR500. Darker roasts were lacking. After sitting 2 days, I must say it is very delicious Kenyan. Buy it! If you get everything right, the roast, grind and the amount, you will be rewarded!

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November 1, 2021

I was so thrilled to see this available again. The beans don’t usually give off a lot off chaff when roasting and are easily the best coffee I’ve had. With winter coming, this is the one to have when I sit by the window and watch it snow. YUM!

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September 9, 2021

I have a super automatic coffee machine. I have to have fresh beans, as oily beans will gunk up the grinder. I love the Kenya beans I get from the Coffee Bean Corral. I roast them lightly as that is the flavor I like, and even in a super automatic my coffee has a very rich, awesome flavor.

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August 19, 2021


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August 12, 2021

I have been very pleased with the quality of this Kenyan coffee and I have purchased it over a period of a couple of years now. I just have my small home roaster that works fine. The taste is superb and when I have shared my beans with friends, they say it is the best coffee they've ever tasted. One of these people worked in a coffee house and purchased for the store in the past, so I would say that is a good confirmation on the quality of your beans.

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June 22, 2021

I am not eloquent enough to write a review, however, this is my favorite coffee to roast. I have tried other African beans, Columbian, Kenya remains my favorite.

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June 16, 2022

Elbert J The coffee was excellent!

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March 23, 2021


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July 21, 2022

This coffee was not good. Where do all the 5 stars come from?? I would have given it 1 star but i just feel like a nice guy today. I purchased 6 different coffee samples and they were all garbage. I find it real strange that they were all rated 5 stars. I no longer trust these reviews nor this company.

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