Kenya Auction Lot

The most prized auction and private sale microlots, never blended but artisan roasted one after the other.
$18.95 / lb.
(19)
  • Flavor Notes
    Big and juicy. Browned sugar sweetness with sublime berry and citrus overtones.
  • Flavor Category
    Fruity / Floral
  • Roast Level
    Dark
  • Origin
    Africa & Arabia
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Sku ID #ken-m
About this coffee

Roast Level

Kenya Auction Lot
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Brewing Methods

  • Drip
  • Pour Over
  • Press Pot
  • Cold Brew
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How It Tastes

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

History

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. 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.

Worth Noting

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.
Perfecting the process

Coffee, 50 Years in the Making

We've learned a lot in 50 years. From tasting coffee three times before the beans even arrive at our roastery, to waking up at 4am to deep-roast each bean by hand, to personally testing every order before it ships —everything we do is committed to bringing you the freshest, fullest flavor in every cup.

Freshness Guarantee

  • Roasted to Order

    Once you place an order, we wake up at 4am to roast your beans in small batches

  • Sealed for Freshness

    Every bag is sealed immediately using our special packaging techniques.

  • Same day Shipping

    No sitting around and no warehousing, your coffee is shipped within 24 hours.

  • Delivered to Your Doorstep

    Check the roast date on your bag. (Spoiler alert: it's really fresh!)

Reviews (19)
Average rating:
(19)
Kurt
from Saratoga, CA on 11/6/2018. Drinking Peet's since 2007.

I love Kenya Auction Lot. To me it consistently combines the fruit notes of a lighter roast with the chocolate richness of a darker roast in a way that no other coffee does. Amazing!

Ryan
from Nebraska City, NE on 4/24/2018. Drinking Peet's since 2018.

Has a very strong and enjoyable smell in the bag and when brewed. I have never smelled or tasted a coffee roast like this. I loved Kenya Auction Lot except for the fact it seemed to lose it's flavor after a week (and I drink it every day). Maybe my taste buds were getting to used to it, I'm not sure. It is one of my top 3 roasts so far. I am still waiting for Peets to offer the Ethiopian Supernatural year round.....:)

Dave
from S. Rosa, CA on 4/12/2018.

Have not had Kenya since it is not a item on the menu board. Glad I remembered they still have it. It is awesome, big and bold with great flavor.

Jun Han
from Cleveland, OH on 3/2/2018. Drinking Peet's since 2010.

I am a long time fan for Kenya Lot. I am not sure it is only this batch or not , but the one roasted on 2/20 /18 was not as good as before. Beans are small and not much aroma. Just returned them. Want the purchase team hear my voice, bring the big and juicy beans back, thanks!

Susan Ruckman
from Frederick, MD on 1/14/2018. Drinking Peet's since 2007.

This is really delicious coffee. Although this is dark roast, there is no bitterness or smokiness, two characteristics that I don't care for. It's smooth, flavorfull, with a nice aroma while brewing. It's my favorite so far, along with the Columbian, which is milder but an excellent coffee. I hope that the Kenya Auction Lot will not be discontinued.