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Kenya Makwa AA


Starting at $7.75 / lb
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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

Our Kenya AA coffee beans is cooperatively produced by a number of small farm holders in Kiambu County surrounding the volcanic soil of Mt. Kenya.

The individual lots are consolidated at the local mill where they undergo a stringent double fermentation method, sometimes referred to as the "Kenyan Process," that accentuates its complexity, pleasant aroma, and rich flavors creating a fantastic cup of coffee when lightly roasted.

The parchment is sun dried on raised beds and transported to the Nairobi Coffee Exchange where it is graded for bean size, cupped for quality, and ultimately sold at auction among other African coffee. This micro lot is the highest grade of Kenyan coffee beans (17/18 screen or AA).

Cupping notes: Very sweet, wine like acidity, black cherry, tropical fruity flavors, toffee, black currant, slight hops

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryKenya
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessWashed
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)1,400-2,000
  • Brightness:6
  • Body:4
  • Aroma:6
  • Complexity:4
  • Balance:5
  • Sweetness:5
  • Spicy:-
  • Chocolaty:-
  • Nutty:-
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Flowery:light bean
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:light bean
  • RegionKiambu County Mt. Kenya, Central Kenya
  • VarietyMultiple
  • DryingSun dried

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by on February 8, 2019

The coffee was excellent. Great as a medium dark but excelled as a medium roast. One of my favorites. The only real knock is that I wish the labeling told more about the, town, etc. This just gave a very generic label of Kenya AA. But otherwise, would buy again. Excellent coffee.

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by on August 13, 2019

I love this coffee. It needs a little extra time to roast, but that only brings out the richness in the beans. It’s best at a medium roast, otherwise it can easily turn into a fairly bold brew. It’s never bitter and always good. You can’t go wrong with this one. It’s the perfect coffee for first time home roasters.

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by on March 1, 2019

Great Kenia AA we have used this coffe for years for the robust flavor and I personally love it mixed with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe for aroma both until second crack

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by on January 31, 2019

I tried both Cinnamon roast (until the beginning of the 1st crack) and City roast (until the end of the 1st crack) with this coffee bean. The City roast came out unremarkable, but the lightly roasted version was very distinctive, with a fairly strong blueberry taste. If you are OK with a lightly roasted coffee, this is a good choice.

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by on October 28, 2018

I was pleased to be able to order my Kenya AA bean from your company. Although I thought they were already roasted, I couldn't send them back as they are often difficult to find. I purchased a home roaster and voila, they were easy to roast and I brewed a pot this morning! Delicious!!

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by on August 10, 2020

We're very pleased with this coffee! Kenya MakwaAA. We go the second crack about 15seconds and have a great cup of coffee. Thanks!

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by on July 8, 2020

Dahni Hayden, My last review was the Colombian Organic Sierra Nevada FTO. I roasted it the same time I roasted this Kenya Makwa AA. It is one of my favorites and it is one son's most favorite. If I had only two choices for coffee it would be the Columbian for its richness and smoothness and this one, the Kenya AA for its robust flavor and each what I expect from South America and Africa. But I'm really glad I do not have to choose. It is a wonderful experience to not go to the wine cellar (which I do not have), and instead go to what I call my 'coffee vault' (our basement), where my precious beans are stored like as if gold, in a cool dark place until needed or desired. We like variety and I always roast two pounds per week. Samples? "Try before you buy?" I've roasted 1/2 pounds, but no more. My try before I buy are one pound each. :) Besides that, the fun of choosing what to roast, my new thing is pairing coffees. The first pot this week might be the Columbian in the morning which is a great morning coffee. Our next pot will be this week, Kenya AA, which is great in the afternoon or night or OK in the morning too or anytime. Back and forth this goes all week long, until it's time to roast again. But WOW, these two coffees pair beautifully together! Not only does variety help to enhance, excite and refresh your taste buds to really appreciate your "favorite" when it comes back around, what if you could not get your "favorite", due to civil war in that country or something tragic preventing its export? Bummer? Nah, go to your coffee vault and roast something that is available or order something new. To tell you the truth, I've never had a coffee I did not like. Love, maybe and maybe not. But I sure do love Kenya AA and one son, it is his most favorite. I only know and I only do medium roast to the point where the sugars just start to sheen the beans, somewhere during 'second crack'. Shiny, beautifully brown, but not oily and not dark, unless I plan on making espresso. :) I would really be surprised if anyone, would not like or love, Kenya AA!

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by on June 23, 2020

I struggled with this coffee at first, either getting some grassy notes or burnt notes and not a clean cup. Today I gave it a long time to develop initially as it seems Kenyans need that extra time. 1C began between 13 and 14 minutes, which made me worried I had baked it. I lowered the heat to minimum about 2 minutes into 1c, then turned it off when it sounded like the crack was completely finished. I let it coast about a minute, then quickly cooled it off. Flavor was intense. Bright acidity with quite a "bite" as good Kenyans should have. Rich finish with a delayed surprise - chocolate aftertaste. And this is straight out of the roaster, no less. I can't wait to see what it tastes like after developing a couple of days. I'm afraid I might have to exceed my daily coffee quota today...sleep be damned...I'll take a nap tomorrow... LOL

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by on June 4, 2020

My first roast with this bean, dark roasted. Will to buy again

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by on May 20, 2020

Only been roasting a few months, and roast on a griddle so I take it to a city roast. Love the nose of chocolate and blueberry before grinding. So far one of my favorites

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by on May 7, 2020

Good stuff. I get it to a dark roast. Real rich in color, and taste First crack at 422° F_5/9/4 Cool down cycle started at 14 minutes_440° F_5/9/14

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by on April 23, 2020

This Kenyan does not disappoint. My first coffee from bean was in 1974-ish, and it was Kenyan. This stuff lives up to my fondest memories as a winery, pleasantly acidic, full-bodied, brew that conjures up visions of a dusty road in an East African nowhere ... a great place to transport one's taste buds. Note: just to the second crack.

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by on April 12, 2020

One of my favorite beans. I like it as a medium roast. Smooth, not too acidic, but plenty of flavor. The flavor is delicious!

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by on April 6, 2020

I’ve been roasting this bean for about a year now and it is one of my favorites. It’s always a good cup of coffee, even later in the ay. It’s never acidic or bitter. I roast it to a medium brown and it always roasts evenly. I will always have this coffee in my cupboard.

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by on December 6, 2019

This bean in really good for dark roast.

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by on May 12, 2019

This coffee is always smooth and never bitter. No matter how you roast it, you know it’s going to be good. It’s my all time favorite.

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by on March 24, 2019

A favorite of my son-inlaw’s. We love ir too, but should always have it on hand for him!

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by on December 12, 2018

Great flavor. Added a nice kick to our blend.

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by on November 2, 2018

Kenya AA is an excellent coffee. It makes a smooth tasty cup of coffee. I definitely recommend it

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by on May 26, 2018

First pot this morning. It is as I expected, Very good.

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