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GIKANDA EDITION. The final lot in our 2018 Kungu Maitu lineup comes from the Gichatha-ini washing station of the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society, an Intelligentsia Direct Trade partner since 2008. Baked Pear | Red Currant | Blood Orange
  • SKU Kungu Maitu Kenya
  • Country Kenya
  • Region within Country Central
  • Farm Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society
  • Farmer / Producer Name Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society
  • Buyer Geoff Watts
  • Cultivar SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian
  • Harvest Time November 2017 - January 2018
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
  • Harvest Year 2018
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
CitrusStone FruitBerry

Kunga Maitu Kenya

There’s a reason why most coffee cuppers will name Kenya as their favorite origin. We tend to obsess over organic fruit acids and clarity of flavor, and the best coffees from Kenya have a vibrancy that outshines all others.

It is easy to detect Kenyan coffees on a blind table, and even those new to specialty coffee learn to recognize their distinct character quickly, because they demand your attention. Nothing about Kenyan coffee is quiet—the volume is often at 11—and yet the great ones are so elegant and refined that they seem almost gentle despite their amplitude of taste. They manage to be intense, transparent, complex, and profoundly sweet all at once. It is very, very difficult to achieve this balance of power and grace in coffee, and the fact that Kenyan coffees accomplish it so consistently is downright amazing.

The second lot in our 2018 Kungu Maitu lineup comes from Gichatha-ini (gitch-ah-tah-EE-nee), one of Kenya’s most renowned coffee factories, or washing stations. Located on the Eastern side of Mount Kenya National Park, Gichatha-ini is one of three factories (alongside its sisters Kangocho and Ndaro-ini) operated by the formidable Gikanda Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society, which represents more than 1,500 individual farmers.

Over the past 20 years, Gikanda has served as a poster child for the movement toward better quality through increased attention to both agronomic detail and post-harvest processing control, and has won over a dozen of quality awards for its coffees during that time span. Its legendary former chairman, Mr. Charles Muriuki, was in charge of the group for 11 consecutive years and helped lead Gikanda to become the most successful cooperative in Kenya as measured not only by the exceptional quality its coffees but as a function of its efficiency in returning income to its farmer members and investment in social progress. In 2006, the organization won an award in recognition of having paid the highest rate of return in the entire country. Since then, it has been a fixture in the top 10.

We began working with Gichatha-ini in 2008, when we first began direct purchasing in Kenya and chose Gikanda as a partner based on both its exceptional track record for quality and Muriuki’s commitment to a progressive social agenda.

Kungu Maitu is a song written in the Kikuyu (Key-koo-yoo) language that expresses profound gratitude for the sacrifices parents make to raise their youth. We chose the name to honor the work that goes into the patient nurturing of coffee and the joy that it provides when it is cultivated with care. As every parent and coffee grower knows, raising children and coffee is never easy and often downright difficult. But there is nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction that comes when one’s efforts help to ensure that the innate potential of a child — or a coffee — are fully realized.

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.