Tea and Coffee Merchants

Kenya “AA”


Kenya AA is probably the most well known of the ‘gourmet’ coffees. Prized for its acidity and bright touch to the palate, Kenya AA produces a complex and well rounded cup. The interesting light fruit notes (berry and citrus) combine with a touch of spice for a brew most often drunk black.



Kenya is often billed as one of the best coffee producing countries in Africa, and indeed, the world. From the highly educated small farmers to organized trade and research facilities Kenya  lives and breathes it fine coffee.

The acidic soil of Kenya’s mountain plateaus combines with its temperate climate to produce hardy coffee plants. The AA rating refers to the size of the bean, in this case the largest bean. Larger beans are considered to be of higher quality and are usually more complex in flavour than the smaller Kenya AB coffee beans. Kenya AA coffee enjoys a world wide reputation for quality and balance in the cup.

Tea Grade

G.F.O.P. Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe F.O.P. with golden tips (the tiny, undeveloped buds)
. T.G.F.O.P. Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
F.O.P. with lots of golden tips. Considered very good quality.
F.T.G.F.O.P. Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
F.O.P. of superior quality. Sprinkled with ‘gold dust’!
S.F.T.G.F.O.P. Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe With such a name, this has to be the ultimate!
O.P. Orange Pekoe: Usually long think whole leaf, harvested after the buds are opened. This does not contain ‘golden tips’.
P. Pekoe: Whole leaf that tends to be shorter and slightly coarser than O.P
G.F.B.O.P. Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
T.G.F.B.O.P. Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
T.G.B.O.P. Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
G.B.O.P. Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
F.B.O.P. Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
B.O.P. Broken Orange Pekoe – the most widely sold grade of tea
B.O.P.F. Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings – the finest siftings.