Treasures from the Mountains of Africa
Coffee grown in Kenya is some of the finest in the world. Kenyan coffee gets its amazing flavor from the rich volcanic soil and the high altitudes of the mountains in Eastern Africa. Kenyan coffee is also among the best around because the Coffee Board of Kenya tries to make sure that the quality of their coffee beans doesn't suffer by enforcing strict guidelines and offering rewards for growing the best possible beans.
Many coffee lovers consider Kenya coffees to have a distinct, bright acidity about them. They generally are medium bodied and almost sweet tasting coffees. You can sometimes detect slight traces of blackcurrant flavors and aromas in Kenya coffees. The best grades of Kenya coffee are wonderfully aromatic with very little bitterness.
Kenya coffee production dates back hundreds of years and there are many brands and types of Kenya coffee on the market. You may have seen Kenya AA coffee, but aren't really sure what the AA means. Well Kenya AA is actually just a measurement of the size, shape and density of the coffee bean. Here is a list of the grades of sizes of Kenya coffee in order from largest to smallest AA, AB, PB, C, E, TT, and T. Size does sometimes matter in coffee growing, as it is important when it comes to quality. A larger sized coffee bean will usually contain more of the precious oils in it, which gives coffee its unique flavor and aroma.
Besides the grading of the coffee beans, the Coffee Board of Kenya also uses a class system to rate the quality of the beans. The beans are rated and classed on a scale of 1 - 10, with class number 1 being the best. This coffee bean class rating system is rarely advertised and remember that just because a Kenya coffee is rated Kenya AA, it could be as low as a class 4 quality of bean. All Kenya coffee is of the Arabica bean variety.
Most Kenya coffee is produced by small holders with small plots of land. They are members of cooperative societies that process their own coffee. Today, Kenya coffee is a major export crop and it provides jobs and security in an impoverished nation.