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MURAGE EDITION | Marion Wawira’s forebears planted coffee on the family’s Murage farm in mid-1900s, but it was only one among many crops. When Marion recently prioritized coffee and adopted an explicit focus on quality, we took notice.
  • SKU Kungu Maitu Kenya Estate
  • Country Kenya
  • Region within Country Nyeri
  • Elevation 1650 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Murage
  • Farmer / Producer Name Marion Wawira
  • Buyer Geoff Watts
  • Cultivar SL 28
  • Harvest Time November 2017-January 2018
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade No
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
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Kungu Maitu Estate Kenya

During our frequent visits to the coffee-growing hills of Central Kenya, the farmers we work with keep steering the conversation back to community. It is not lip service. Soon after we started working with Mary Maina Manyeki back in 2016, she began lobbying to get her neighbors involved in our collaboration.

Walking down the road toward her farm on our last visit, she stopped to proudly show off the coffee trees of neighboring farms while her neighbors expressed their gratitude for the example she sets in the community and the knowledge she shares. Last year, Mary introduced us to Marion Wawira, whose family farm Murage lies just down the road from Manyeki Estate in Kirinyaga County, at an optimal elevation of 1650 meters above sea level.

When the patriarch of Marion’s family started the Murage farm in the mid-1900s, he added coffee to the mix to supplement the other crops. For generations, the family put little emphasis on its coffee, partly because its outlook was so unsteady, with market prices waxing and waning. Fortunately for us, Marion has taken an active interest in Murage’s coffee. She doesn’t just work the fields actively with her farm manager Elias to ensure he is applying the kinds of agronomic practices that boost yields, drive quality and resist disease. She also visits the city to cup sample roasts of her coffee and monitor quality. This holistic approach has served Marion well.

Most of Murage’s coffee consists of the SL-28 cultivar grafted onto the root stock of Ruiru 11. The SL-28 is renowned for producing a sweet and juicy cup profile, the Riuru 11 for its robust root system and disease resistance. Marion and Murage used the combination of these varieties to mitigate the effects of Coffee Berry Disease last season and produce a careful selection of SL-28 that met our elevated standards for Kenya single-origin releases.

We are delighted to share with you the first of what we expect to be many releases over the years to come from Marion Wawira and her Murage farm.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.