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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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About this coffee


Coffee Story

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
  • 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.

  • Steffen Pelz , drinking Peet's since 1995 10/12/14
  • Austin, TX

Great stuff. The closest one can get to Ethiopian Queen City / Peaberry without having to wait for special roasts. Amazing aroma and taste and a lovely bright cup in the mornings with some floral elements to it. The wife and I really loved it.

  • Richard , drinking Peet's since 2010 12/25/13
  • Shreveport, LA

This is my favorite coffee from Peets. I know everyone says that in their reviews, but I keep coming back to it. I always miss it when i try other coffees. It's a very masculine tasting coffee as others mentioned, and in my opinion is the perfect coffee to brew early in the morning. Although, you can also brew it slightly weaker in the afternoon and still have a good tasting cup of coffee.

Employee Reviews
  • Sooz 7/28/09
  • Customer Service
  • Home Office
  • Home Office, CA

Kenya and I go way back. This coffee, in fact, was the first coffee I felt I truly understood. One morning, years ago, I was preparing some coffee to be served at our bar. As I emptied a bag of Kenya into the grinder and turned the machine on, this whoosh of aroma just flew out! Fruity! Tangy! Roasted sweet tomatoes! Such amazing smells! I always find the taste and texture to be just perfect: simply sweet and sweeeeet cherry tomato fruity, super clean texture and gentle finish. An all-time favorite.

  • Natalie Sigala , drinking Peet's since 2000 6/23/08
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Emeryville
  • Emeryville, CA

I love this coffee! I usually tend to shy away from coffees that are bright and medium bodied but this is one that I cannot pass up. I believe that I was mistaking a bright and medium bodied coffee to be a light tasting coffee and that is not the case with the Kenya. It is a very flavorful, bold coffee, with a wonderful light acidity and delicious berry overtone that is rich and smooth in texture and flavor. This coffee is a regular take home of is always delicious.

  • Ginny Phillips 4/9/07
  • customer service rep
  • Oakland, Call Center,CA,USA
  • Home Office, CA

I love so many of Peet's coffees, but Kenya is my absolute favorite. Year after year, it's superb. It's bright and citrusy, but with a rich, deep finish that's very satisfying whether I brew it using drip or press pot. If I could drink only one coffee for the rest of my life, it would be Kenya.

  • Chris Thompson 9/10/06
  • Shift Leader
  • Longmont, Westminster, CO,CO,80503
  • Longmont Westminster, CO

Gazing with wonder at the slightly golden brown beans resting softly in our bins, one cannot help but yearn for a press of Kenya's gift to the world. The aroma initially erupts with fresh tomato vine envoking thoughts of gardening on a warm Sunday afternoon. Curiously, however, the actual flavor of Kenya does not pop with tomato vines, rather, it begins with subtle notes of earthiness and then intense sensations of grapefruit emerge. This provides a tart, but clean finish. And for those warm Suanday afternoons, Kenya makes the absolute finest iced coffee you will ever experience.

  • Jenna Crockett 6/30/05
  • Barista
  • Lone Tree, Brentwood, CA
  • Lone Tree Brentwood, CA

Kenya has a citrusy flavor with a little floral taste to it. It has nice acidity and is a little bit tangy.

  • Christopher Barcelon 6/30/05
  • Barista
  • Davis, CA
  • Davis, CA

A taste of Africa in every cup. Kenya produces excellent coffee that is bright, flavorful and aromatic. Fruity yet full bodied, this coffee goes well with fruit, especially blueberries. My favorite is to drink Kenya on ice while eating chocolate covered blueberries.

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