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Machina Coffee - Kenya - Doondu Sundried SL28 – Filter Coffee Beans - 250g

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Machina Coffee - Kenya - Doondu Sundried SL28 – Filter Coffee Beans - 250g

This is the very first release in our new MAP Series. These coffee's are premium, in very limited supply and come housed in a fully bespoke and biodegradable package. Our goal is to source and offer the most unique and unusual coffees we can find and present them in a beautiful aesthetic.

First and foremost, Doondu is an amazing coffee that goes against the trend of two things…

Firstly - process:  Kenyan's are usually always washed.  This is usually due to the fact that it's easier to maintain good consistency with the washed process, whilst considering most coffee 'lots' are comprised of coffee from collectives or multiple small holders (offering slightly varied profile and quality).  So, in order to create that classic crisp, clean and balanced Kenyan profile, and in the interests of maximising profits on regional based coop lots, washing coffee helps support a balanced outcome.

Further, natural processes are much harder to maintain consistency from, due to fluctuations in climate, so it requires much more time, knowledge and care to generate high quality. The number of farms and processing mills, with the right skills and knowledge willing to take on this challenge is low.  Despite all this, Doondu is a precision natural process (Sundried) making it a rarity from this origin.

Secondly - clarity:  It offers amazing clarity and complexity without being overly intense and boozy, which is an extremely difficult thing to do with a natural process, unless the people responsible really know what their doing and a huge amount of care is taken throughout the processing phase. Doondu Estate have managed to overcome this challenge, producing an exceptional coffee that goes against the norm of this process.

Tasting notes: Cherry, Medjool Dates, Lime Acidity

Profile: Doondu offers a complex profile. It has a very sweet & prominent cherry flavour, supported by a medjool date like body and a bright limey acidity. It's heavy in body, but offers very good balance across it's three main components.

The farm:

Doondu Estate has a long standing reputation for growing and processing exceptional quality coffees that go above and beyond the level of quality usually found from this origin. While estates such as this used to produce the majority of Kenyan coffee, the increased urban sprawl from Nairobi, as well as the increasing land value in the region has meant that estate coffee production has gradually diminished, while smallholder production elsewhere has increased. Nevertheless, estates such as Doondu continue a legacy of many generations of coffee production, supported by unparalleled local knowledge and experience.


Doondu is located in the Kiambu County, the formal central province of Kenya.  It's located just outside of Nairobi city to the North fo Nairobi County. The region has a long history of coffee production and is famous for its large estates, which were originally built by British colonists in the early 20th century. After decolonisation, the estates were sold to local Kenyans who have been managing them since.

The Varietal:

The SL 28 was bred in 1931 from Tanganyika D.R and has become ubiquitous throughout Kenya and is recognised as a variety of exceptional cup quality. It has wide leaves with coppery tips. Beans are wide and productivity comparatively low. Some sources claim that Scott Labs crossed mutations of French Mission, Mocha and Yemen Typica to produce the SL 28 variety.