Our resident feline brew king is back and he’s all about spreading the festive joy. This year Santa Claude wanted to choose one of Round Hill’s absolute faaave coffees over the years, Kii is back.
There are several farms under the Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society, this particular lot comes from Kii, a wet mill that was opened in 1995 in a scenic spot at the foot of Mt Kenya. It takes its name from the Kii river that runs from the snowy peak of Mt Kenya and is the source of the water used to wash the coffees.
Several measures have been taken at Kii to improve both quality and sustainability including using insulating tiles in the washing channels that would otherwise be concrete lined, allowing them to reuse water used for washing coffee. This particular lot is made up of SL28 and SL34, two varietals associated with excellent cup quality and the classic Kenyan flavour profile. Additionally, there are two more varietals, Ruiri 11 and Batian, hybrids of those varietals that have been selectively bred to be more resistant to Coffee Berry Disease, a big problem in the region.
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Santa Claude..
Oh and let’s not forget the wonderful artwork by the gorgeously talented Martin Kingdom.