A vibrant, bright coffee, with notes of dark grape and mulling spice, pulpy orange juice, apricot jam, dried papaya, and aromatic wood note that adds a subtle rustic edge to this complex Kenya. City+ to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||September 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru-11|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15+ screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
Ibutiti Estate is a privately owned farm by the Murathe family, located in the Kiria-ini area of Murang'a County. The Murathe's have roughly 40 hectares of coffee planted, mostly SL bourbon types. We had a chance to tour the farm and milling facility onsite last year, and they run an impressive operation. Their washing station is in good order, tidy and organized, as is their farm. The trees are well spaced and pruned, and appeared to be out-producing others we visited in the area, no doubt as a result of agronomical care. This is an AB outturn, and we also picked up a peaberry selection too. Both show impressive fruit flavors, with enough acidity to structure cup complexity. The physical quality of the green looks good, though we did notice a fairly wide spread of screen size, so expect some peaberries, as well as some larger AA beans too. Not a bad thing in terms of quality, just perhaps a bit more bean size variance than your typical Kenya.
Ibutiti's aroma packs a powerful punch with fruit-to-spice characteristics at City+ roast level, strong grape and spice smells in the steam, accents of dehydrated orange peel and tropical fruits, cardamom and powdered ginger spice smells. Chocolate roast tone command attention at Full City, and bring with them juicy dark fruit smells too. When brewing, the flavor components of mulled grape juice really come through in light roasts: grape juice warmed with cardamom pods, cinnamon, and whole clove. There's a juiciness in weight that along with a tangy bitter aspect, conveys flavor aspects that find parity with pulpy orange juice. As the coffee cools, a slightly rustic wood note accents the aroma, as do top notes of apricot jam, dried papaya, and complex spice notes in the aftertaste. Full City roasts are still very juicy, and dark fruits remain a focal point, and are bookended by heavy dark chocolate roast tones, along with a dried coconut note in the finish.