Trial and error – sometimes the biggest key to success is simply not settling for anything but the best. That’s what we firmly believe here at The Roasterie. And after years and years of “coffee bean trial and error”, we found the best beans of the highest quality in some of the most amazing countries. One of those coffee-growing countries just so happens to be Kenya.
History of Kenyan Coffee
Kenya has a history of coffee production as rich as the taste it produces. The coffee plant was introduced to the country in the late 1800s and large coffee plantations began to spring up within 15 years.
Then in the 1930s, the varietal SL28 was tested in the phosphorous-laden soil of Kenya, which became the foundation for the country’s coffee industry and led to the nation rising as a leader in high-quality coffee production. And for that we are thankful! Growers have attempted to cultivate SL28 in several other countries, but due to the unique phosphorous-heavy soil of Kenya, they have failed to replicate the perfect coffee bean.
But it isn’t just the SL28 that’s putting Kenya on the map for delicious coffee. A brand new coffee bean was recently discovered in the hills of Kenya. This bean is known as batin coffee. Although we do not have much information about this blend yet, our Q Grader, Paul Massard, believes that the blend will be a big hit as soon as it’s available. Unfortunately, the bean is not available to taste in large quantities, but it will be in the next two years or so.
Kenyan Coffee at The Roasterie
Here at The Roasterie, we don’t believe in just “good enough.” We trust that we have perfected the culmination process in Kenya. Through more trial and error, we at The Roasterie procure our coffee from our friends whose farms are on the slopes of the extinct volcano, Mount Kenya, at around 5900 feet. This area brings the best results with ample rainfall and steady temperature.
This perfect location makes for what we are so proud to bring you: the taste of Kenyan coffee. Our Kenyan coffee has a very specific flavor. The combination of the SL28 and the red volcanic soil produces strong cherry and currant notes with acidity reminiscent of white wine. But regardless if you prefer Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Zinfandel, we strongly recommend our Kenyan Origin!