Citric brightness and mild berry tones, and a level of sweetness that holds up to darker roasting. Puckering lemon and orange citrus flavors, dried green apple, brown sugar cookies, and aromatic wood finishing note. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||September 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.6d/300g; 17-19 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
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. 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 it's 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.
An AA with citric brightness and mild berry tones, and a level of sweetness that holds up to darker roasting too. Full City is not my preferred roast level, but there is a sort of grape/coconut flavor compound that adds so much to an otherwise bittersweet coffee. At City+ the coffee smells of dark, raw sugars and with citrus peel and dried berry accents. The cup is most mouth puckering at City, lemon-to-orange citrus flavors come to mind, along with a tart, dried green apple flavor. At City+ a raisiny dried fruit note comes through, and vivid citrus flavors are delightful. The underlying sweetness is a mixture of unrefined sugar notes, and baked goods, like brown sugar cookies. An aromatic woody flavor weaves through the finish too, but doesn't crowd out the array of dried and fresh fruit tones that follow.