Unrefined sugar sweetness melds with top notes of blackberry, grape, lemon rind, a complex baking spice aroma, and a tart cranberry accent that adds a sharpness to the cup. City to City+ for brightest cups. Full City builds chocolate and berry tones.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||April 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15-19 Screen - a mix of AA, AB, and Peaberry grades|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ for brightest cups, Full City brings out deep cocoa and berry tones|
Kiambu lies near the foothills of Gatamaiyo Forest Reserve, and at the border of neighboring Muranga County. Fram Farm is owned and managed by the Kariruki family, James getting his start in coffee through a small plot he inherited from his grandfather. Now at 40, James has expanded their farm to nearly 30 hectares, the entirety planted in SL-28, and sitting at roughly 1850 meters above sea level. Instead of buying the small quantities of AA, AB, and Peaberry outturns separately, we decided to blend them together this year for a somewhat larger lot (still only 9.5 bags!). This is one of a few small estate coffees we were lucky enough to buy this year, coffees we had no direct connection with in the past. We tend to buy from the Farmers Cooperative Societies ("FCS"), and still do. But buying from a single estate affords us a different and unique opportunity to select coffee that we can trace back to its exact provenance, whereas with the FCS's, you're buying a blend of hundreds and sometimes thousands of small holders. This is certainly not a bad thing as some of our finest Kenyas are through FCS's, just different. We still turn to the coops for the majority of our coffee, but are hoping to continue to cultivate buying relationships with a small number of Kenyan small estates as well.
Dark berry and citrus highlights are some of what makes this AA/AB/Peaberry blend from Fram Farm special. The aroma smells of dark brown sugar and spiced fruit jams. Blackberry, dark grape and tangy lemon rind are a few of the top notes I picked out when cupping, along with a complex baking spice note marking the aroma. As the coffee comes down in temperature, a tart cranberry accent note helps shape Fram Farm's flavor profile, adding a sharpness to the cup. This medium-bodied coffee has a raw sugar sweetness underneath it all, and although I didn't roast beyond City+, the mild cocoa roast tones that shadowed the cup are an indicator of what deeper roasting will bring to the flavor matrix. City to City+ roast range will insure that you keep things light and bright, capturing so much of what makes Kenyan coffee so unique. Try as a pour over brew and you won't be disappointed.