Kenyan Coffees


Kenyan coffees are said to embody power and character.  Wet-processed, they are bold, full- to medium-bodied coffees with distinct bright acidity, intense flavors, and a winy richness. Kenyan coffees are complex and vibrant, yet clean and crisp, not subtle or delicate.

A Kenyan coffee is typically well-balanced, with tones of citrus, perhaps lemony or peppery, or even hints of blackberry fruit.

The pleasant aroma may have a slight lemony-zest finish, and often a notable spirited winy aftertaste that may have light black currant undertones, and the aroma also may have sublime notes of black currant.

Known for its excellent balance of body, acidity, and flavor, Kenyan coffee is considered the “Connoisseur’s Cup.”


Upper elevation high plateau regions of Kenya including the Aberdare Range, Mt. Kenya, Nyanza, Kasii, Bungoma, Kericho, and Nakuru where acidic soils provide optimal growing conditions.  The botanical Arabica varieties were introduced from Ethiopia.

In general it is true that larger beans usually contain more of the precious oils that create flavor and aroma, though there are also other factors besides bean size that may be just as important to the beans’ quality.

The screen size Kenya AA (the highest available) sorts beans that are a bit more than ¼-inch in diameter, yet the slightly smaller Kenyan AB beans are sometimes rated higher for flavor and taste.

The Coffee Board of Kenya also uses a rarely advertised class system for rating quality of coffee beans—class 1 is best, 10 is worst. Even though a bean may be rated AA, its class may be 3 or 4, denoting a less than stellar bean quality.

CoffeeMan Dan says, “As some of the world’s finest gourmet coffees, the Kenyan coffees are separated and rated by bean size with the assumption that bigger beans are higher in quality.”

{ 12 trackbacks }

Five Best Coffees In the World – Best Coffee Beans
March 21, 2011 at 1:48 am
Coffee Prices Increase In 2011 – Coffee Price Rise
March 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Coffee Prices 2011 – The Rising Price of Coffee
March 24, 2011 at 1:12 am
Barista Job Description For Espresso Coffee Shop Baristas
March 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Best Coffee In The World
March 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm
Barista Resume
March 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm
Coffee Prices 2011
April 8, 2011 at 1:28 am
Coffee Grounds on Plants – Coffee Grounds Gardening Tips
April 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm
World’s Best Coffee
June 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm
Barista Job Description
July 13, 2011 at 3:33 am
Barista Baristas
November 3, 2011 at 3:02 am
May 21, 2012 at 1:10 am

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment