Kenya is the East African powerhouse of the coffee world. Both in the cup, and the way they run their trade, everything is topnotch. The best Kenya coffees are not sold simply as generic AA or AB. They are specific auction lots sold to the highest bidder, and heated competition drives the prices sky high. Their research and development is unparalleled. Their quality control is meticulous, and many thousands of small farmers are highly educated in their agricultural practice --and rewarded -- for top level coffee.
In general, this is a bright coffee that lights up the palate from front to back. It is not for people who do not like acidity in coffee (acidity being the prized bright notes in the cup due to an interrelated set of chlorogenic acids). A great Kenya is complex, and has interesting fruit (berry, citrus) flavors, sometimes alternating with spice. Some are clean and bright, others have cherished winey flavors.
Kii is a Kenya with a much gentler acidity than most - apparent but not bracing. Theres developed sugar sweetness and mild fruit notes that show up most as the cup cools. One sip and you know its Kenya, however, the less aggressive profile makes it a great option for espresso too. City to Full City. SO Espresso. Learn More
Karogoto is such a juicy coffee, weighted mouthfeel and with loads of juicy fruits. Plum jam, red fruits, and mulling spice show in City and City+ roasts. Darker roasts show papaya and winey dark grape notes, and spiced notes. A silky mouthfeel works wonders carrying these flavors through to the finish. City to Full City. SO Espresso. Learn More
Tambaya is a complex cup, with an array of fruit and tea notes (both herb and black). Citrus notes come through in the cooled cup, Naval orange, pomello, and lime-aid. Apple and berry also come through, and give off an aspect of sparkling lambic. Acidity is bracing all the way through to the finish. City to Full City. SO Espresso. Learn More
Kamwangi AB is a juicy sweet coffee, with flavors of grapefruit and orange, grape and plum (and more!). Citric brightness is like ruby red grapefruit, and near effervescent. Bodied, juicy, bright, and fruited sweetness, this AB lot from Kamwangi is a great example of classic Kenya cup characteristics. City to Full City. Learn More
Tambaya PB shows a fair amount of fruit at City/City+, with papaya, and plum, and tart hints of pomegranate. The acidity is jammy, well-integrated, with caramel and vanilla. C+ is really where this coffees sweet spot is found, orange marmalade, muscovado sugar, herb tea. Benefits with at least 24 hours rest, but even better at 48. City+ to Full City. Learn More
Kigwandi AB shows best at City+ to Full City range. layered citrus notes and caramelizing sugars dominate the cup. White grapefruit and a bit of bergamot orange provide a complex bittering aspect. The finish has a dry, black tea-like quality, mouth refreshing. A nice espresso up to FC+. City+ to Full City. SO Espresso.