Kenya AA Auction Lot 526 - Tegu

Cane sugar, and spice aroma, cinnamon, apple skins, and hazelnut. City+ to Full City
Out of stock
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Region Africa
Grade AA Main Crop Auction Lot
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 18 screen
Roast Recommendations A City to Full City roast
Weight 1 LB
Tegu is a name we know: we have offered occasional lots from the Tegu coffee factory (mill) in the past, AA lots, AB lots, Peaberries. They have the potential to produce great quality but not all Tegu lots are so spectacular. Another great coffee company, Counter Culture, is working with Tegu on a direct basis to improve quality, whereas we are supporting the mill via the auctions. By either method, it takes a process of selection to buy great coffees from a Kenya source: you can't just go by the name. We cupped at least 8 various lots this year from this mill, and bought this one in the Kenya main crop auctions. It is not the most complex Kenya, but the quality of the acidity, the bright liveliness in the cup, made this jump out from the other coffees in the cupping. The fragrance from the dry grounds is very sweet with cane sugar and caramel scents, and a bit of red apple. The wet aroma has warming spices (allspice, pepper, cinnamon) _‹_ cinnamon in particular. The cup flavors are dominated by apple and citrus in the bright acidity, which fade gracefully. There are turbinado (raw sugar) flavors in the finish, and apple skins. It's not a complex Kenya, but has outstanding, clean/clear fruited flavors. As it cools, the cup attains more balance, and the body turns from juicy to creamy. There are mild nut roast tones of toasted hazelnut. This is definitely one of the finer lots Tegu has produced through the years, based on my cuppings.