Release #2: Kiriani PB 2016
2016 was the second consecutive year that Passenger featured coffees produced by John Njoroge, proprietor of Kiriani Estate in the Gatanga region of Kenya. This special farm was the source of some of the most beautiful Kenyan coffees we have tasted in recent memory and it is a true pleasure to make a limited amount available again today.
In Kenya, a “coffee lot” is made from a larger batch of coffee that is delivered to the dry-mill from a cooperative or estate on any given day. When a delivery arrives at the mill, it is processed (hulled), analyzed (technically and sensorially), screened (separated according to bean size) and given an outturn-number. Typically, beans screened into AA, AB, and PB outturns are sold separately as microlots. AAs are flat beans with screen size 18+. ABs are flat beans with screen sizes 16 and 17. These numbers (18, 17 and 16) refer to 64ths of an inch. Most coffee cherries contain two beans that develop together with the flat sides facing each other. Sometimes, a single, round bean grows by itself inside a small cherry, and these are called peaberries or PBs.
In earlier times it was often believed that the largest-sized beans, (the AA’s), tasted the best, and for this reason, AA outturns have traditionally commanded the highest prices in Kenyan coffee auctions. Despite the historical hegemony of the AA screen size, AB and PB outturns have earned a reputation in the specialty coffee industry for often tasting as good, or even better, than the AAs in a given year.
Passenger bought AA, AB, and PB selections from Kiriani in 2016 and this limited release for Freezer Friday features the peaberry that we bought that year. Showcasing a classically Kenyan flavor profile of dark berries, citrus, and baking spices, this juicy stunner from John Njoroge’s estate is truly one of our all-time favorites.