Muiri PB – Rich Blackberry Marmelade with Lime Zest
Producer: Mugiai Family
Origin: Muiri Estate, Kenya
Varietals: Washed SL28, SL34, K7, Ruiru 11
Harvested: December 2019
Roaster: Drop Coffee
Roasted on: 31.08.2020
A cup profile that we simply can't wait for every single year. It is exactly a coffee like this that highlights how juicy those crushed seeds can taste like. For us and so many others in the industry a high quality and vibrant Kenyan coffee is what opened our eyes to a completely new world. There is simply no origin that creates such unbelievable aromas of blackberries and currant. We picked this first Kenyan of the year out of 7 other lots and truly love how rich and sweet the brewed cup tastes, just like a blackberry marmalade. When brewed with pressure we recommend to use a bit more water/ higher ratio to spread the vibrant acidity and create a unique and balanced cup. And of course it's simply superb when brewed as a pour over or cold brew.
About Muiri Estate
Muiri Estate is owned by the Mugiai family, it was founded in the late 1970s, and is named after a local tree species called pruners in the Kikuyu language. Muiri is a fairly big estate, with an on-site wet mill for processing, a dam and storehouses. The farm also has cottages for the pickers and the staff working at the mill. This year the estate holds about 156,000 trees in production and is actively experimenting with other varietals and crops as well, to be ready for changes in the weather and striving to find excellent taste profiles.
Production on the farm is a bit more fragile while working completely organically. The Mugiai family is carefully looking after the trees on the estate, pruning and stumping the trees regularly.
Generally a lot of pesticides are used during coffee production in Kenya, which makes the soil less healthy but is necessary in order to protect the coffee trees from the dry climate, insect attacks, coffee diseases and fungi. The past few years Kenya’s coffee production has been struggling a lot with coffee berry disease (CBD) and tough weather conditions due to climate changes. This has led to more people planting the Batian variety which is more resistant than the common SL28 and SL34 varieties. However, the Batian plant is not always as high in acidity or as intense as the Kenyan coffee we have had the last decade. The soil and the weather are changing due to climate changes. All of these reasons combined is why it feels extra important to support an estate that is working fully organic.
At the estate, the family Mugiai just built a new facility where they have 55 cows for dairy products for the staff, for retail as well as fertiliser for the plants and for the organic compost.
The FOB prices for this coffee is 6.2 USD a pound. The current world coffee market price is currently under 1 USD a pound, which is not covering for the coffee’s production cost and gives no profit for the farmers.