Behind the Cup
Mont Kenya is surrounded by plateaus in the Aberdare zone near Kisii, Nyanza, Bungoma and of course, Mont Kilimanjaro. In 1952, the area covered by coffee plantations was 3000 acres shared by 12000 growers. Today, it is estimated that 700,000 growers are sharing 170,000 acres!
The Kenya AA is cultivated at altitudes higher than 6600 feet above sea water. It is considered a gourmet coffee. The AA is actually a classification of coffee within the Kenya system. Grades are assigned based on the size of the bean. Beans with a size of 17 or 18 (17/64 or 18/64 of an inch) are assigned the grade AA, generally the largest bean.