Karogoto is part of Tekangu Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS) which combines the names for their 3 factories: Tegu, Karogoto, and Ngunguru. I visited them the last couple seasons since we've bought many small lots over time from Tekangu - I've included a few farm specific pictures below. You probably recognize these names, and we picked up lots from Tegu as well this year. This is a Nyeri region coffee, where we find some of the nicest lots from Kenya. We cupped through several Tekangu samples this year in order to select coffees of this caliber, and this lot comes from one particularly nice outturn (an unseparated parchment lot that comes into the mill). We only bought the AB separation this year as it seemed to be a notch above the AA and PB.
Karogoto's overall profile has so much fruit complexity, and a sweetness that is somewhere between fruit juice and pectin sugar. The dry grounds are laced with red honey, apple blossom, and grape jam. Sugar browning notes accent those fruits in the wet grounds, and a smell of cardamom, and all spice permeates from steam on the break. Karogoto is such a juicy coffee in both weight and fruit juice flavors. Plum jam, red fruits, and mulling spice appear in the cup profile of the City and City+ roasts. Darker roasts show papaya and winey dark grape notes, and spiced notes come in and out of focus too. Karogoto has silky mouth feel that coats the tongue with its sweetness, and holds on to the fruited profile through the finish. There is also something bittering and sweet in the long finish as well, like candied orange peel. This coffee brews up nicely and will make a fantastic SO espresso too.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Arrival date||August 2014 Arrival|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15-17 screen|
|Intensity/Prime attribute||Bold Intensity /|
|Roast||City to City+ kept high tones in focus|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|