Carrier Roasting Co.

Kenya Karindundu AA


whole bean coffee

We roast to order on Mondays and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 5pm Eastern Time the day before.


Origin: Kenya

Region: Nyeri

Coop: Barichu

Factory: Karindundu

Altitude: 1700-1800 masl

Process: Washed, dried on raised beds

Varieties: SL 28, SL 34, Batian, Ruiru

Tasting notes: Blood orange, raspberry, red currant

Kenya is entirely unique in the world of coffee. The country has long been known for its high quality, distinctively fruited and intense profile. Most coffee in Kenya is grown by smallholders who each only produce enough for a few bags. Growers are encouraged to organize into cooperatives, which markets and sells the coffee on the community’s behalf. Farmers deliver their cherry to cooperatively owned washing stations, locally called “factories”, where the coffee is triple fermented and washed immaculately clean in a 72 hour process, before being dried on raised beds. Terms like “Kenya process” and “African beds”, now widespread in other coffee producing countries, are so-named to pay homage to the innovations of Kenyan producers. Factories organize their product into lots called “out-turns” that represent a small slice of the harvest, and then deliver them to Nairobi where they will eventually be sold, dry-milled, and exported. Buyers from all over the world come to Nairobi to cup hundreds of out-turns at a time from the best factories, many of which are bid on in a national auction.

Karindundu is a factory in Nyeri county, part of the Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society. Farmers grow SL-28, SL-34, Batian, and Ruiru varieties at an elevation of 1700 - 1800 masl. AA is a grading distinction that indicates screen size of the coffee. In Kenya, coffees are sorted and separated by the size of the bean, with the most common specialty quality grades being AA (screen 17-18), AB (screen 15-16), and PB (peaberry). Through fertile terroir, exceptional varieties, and unparalleled processing, Karindundu demonstrates the irresistible quality and big flavors of great Kenyan coffee. To us, this lot tastes like blood orange, raspberry, and red currant.


This is our fourth year sourcing coffee from Kenya through Red Fox Coffee Merchants, and our first year buying from Karindundu. We wrote a forward contract with Red Fox to buy 15 bags from Kenya, split between four to five different factories. Our friend Joel Edwards at Red Fox Coffee Merchants sent us a pre-ship sample of this lot to fill part of that contract. We scored it an 88 and purchased 3 60kg bags for $6.75/lb EXW, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.22/lb.

Photo credit: Red Fox Coffee Merchants

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