Unrefined sugar sweetness envelopes top notes of tangy lemon and complex citrus, stone fruit, blackberry and a subtle baking spice aroma. A classic, bright Kenyan cup. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||August 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 17-19 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ for a light and bright cup, Full City for more of a chocolate/berry toned coffee|
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 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 selection from Fram Farm so special. The aroma smells of dark brown sugar with hints of fruit jams. Blackberry, stone fruit and tangy lemon rind are a few of the top notes I picked out when cupping, along with subtle dry spice notes marking the aroma. As the coffee comes down in temperature, a tart citrus flavor helps shape Fram Farm's flavor profile, adding a sharpness to the cup. City roasts are going to be the brightest and Full City will round off the edges a bit, and bring out more of Fram Farm's berry and burned sugar characteristics. This medium-bodied coffee has a raw sugar sweetness underneath it all, and although I didn't roast beyond Full City, the mild cocoa roast tones that shadowed the cup are an indicator of what an even deeper roast might 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.