Kenya Auction Lot

Item No. KEN-M

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Price:   per lb. $16.95
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The most prized auction and private sale microlots, never blended but artisan roasted one after the other.

Flavor Notes

Big and juicy. Browned sugar sweetness with sublime berry and citrus overtones.

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Established more than 100 years ago, the Kenya Auction is the ultimate meritocracy for coffee, with the top prices awarded to the most exquisite lots, sampled in cupping rooms around the world. Many people say Kenyan coffee is the best there is; we don't think there's any better Kenyan coffee than our Auction Lot.

When the crop is at its seasonal best in March and April, we work with our longstanding partner in Kenya to narrow hundreds of top-grade lots at auction down to a select few that meet our standards for perfection. It's an absolute frenzy — we receive samples directly from the auction and have only a day to taste, debate, compare, and decide on our bids. With the emergence of private sales a few years ago, we will also purchase outside the auction, but only from the same august co-op societies, in the same small bag quantities, and typically at even higher prices.

Fortunately, more than 25 years of experience buying directly from the Kenya Auction gives us an advantage in this competition. Our approach is precision buying at the highest level, and we bid only on the choicest single lots, rather than stock blends created by exporters. And although we may walk away with the prize, the real winners are Kenya coffee drinkers who love its juicy, complex flavors, brown-sugar sweetness, and dazzling dark berry aromas.

Customer Reviews
  • Dean Myton , drinking Peet's since 1973 9/21/16
  • Akron, OH

WOW!!!! We have been Peet's fans since 1987 when friends gave us our first pound as a thank you gift. After that we used to make a special trip to the old Peet's in the backwoods of San Fran every time we visited. We even purchased an extra suitcase once just to bring home enough Peet's Coffee until our next visit from Indiana. We now live in Ohio and are avid Peet's drinkers. I have had some amazing coffee from Peet's, but this is by far the best. We just received two pounds in the mail, I made a pot and immediately ordered 4 more pounds!!!! I usually drink my coffee light (w/cream), but after tasting this I went full Monty without cream and even poured it over ice for some more before I went to bed!!! It is so smooth it didn't need sugar to cut the acid of most iced coffees. I thought the organic conga was my favorite, It just got bumped.

  • Mark , drinking Peet's since new P 6/1/16
  • Lewis Center, OH

My Kenya Auction Lot (whole bean) just arrived yesterday. I had time this morning before work to make a pot AND treat myself to a cup of pour over. I've been drinking coffee for over 40 years, and I had no idea what I was missing. Can't wait to try some of your others. I picked up some Major D's at the local store recently (with a really recent roast date) and it was awesome, too! Thanks!

  • Sari , drinking Peet's since many 1/7/16
  • LI, NY

We have this coffee on subscription as there are no Peets near us in NY. This is my absolute favorite. We have been getting this delivered for years and although I try others, we always, always come back to this one. People come to our house and rave about the coffee. It is smooth and I agree with another reviewer that the body should be more than medium and that the brightness should be more towards balanced. When the bag comes and I open it, my husband laughs because i stand and inhale the aroma for about 5 minutes - it smells like heaven! Best coffee ever!

  • Gregg Miller , drinking Peet's since 2001 12/9/15
  • Oak Grove, MO

Actually I ordered Garuda Blend and they shipped this in error. Was going to call and complain on the wrong order but this coffee is awesome. wonderful balance and smooth as silk. Its one of the best coffee's Ive had in years. Thanks Peets for sending me the wrong choice !

  • Joe , drinking Peet's since 2014 8/23/15
  • Baltimore, MD

Every other varietal I drink now has me comparing it to this bean, and 99% of the time they come up short. Wonderful complex fruity, chocolaty flavors, slightly different each time due to the nature of the auction lots so your tastebuds don't get used to the flavor and become bored. Great hot or iced, have found the best brewing method for my tastes is doing pour-over with water that's at 150f. Sublimely smooth, far less acidity than the guide above would suggest (the only coffee I can drink on a regular basis that doesn't send my reflux crazy).

This is now my daily driver, will continue working my way through the rest of the varieties but can't see any displacing this.

  • Mark Bird , drinking Peet's since 2006 8/8/15
  • Sharpsburg, GA

Why this coffee is not on the best sellers list I don't know. i love Peet's coffee and have tried other roast from time to time but always come back to this. Its the best Peet's offers for my taste.

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