Intensely sweet coffee flavors of maple and fragrant dark sugars, moderate fruited characteristics that include cooked stone fruits, grapefruit, and black currant tea, and complex baking spice aroma. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||August 2020 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15-17 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 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.
The dry fragrance has a strong sweetness like maple syrup and pungent, dark sugars. It lingers in the nose and informs the wet aroma. Dark brown sugar smells emanate from the steam after pouring hot water, as does something like cooked stone fruits. Sweetness is intense in the brewed coffee and, on it's own, is enough to push the score into the very high 80's. And the moderate fruited character that comes up as the coffee cools pushes this lot from Fram Farm just beyond that. City and City+ roasts produce notes of black currant tea, date sugar and dried plum. Zesty citrus top hints emerge as the coffee cools, harnessing the tangy side of pink grapefruit juice. Deeper roast development casts a darker hue over the fruit notes, like dried berry and plum, and constructs a bittersweet chocolate flavor in the background. A complex baking spice note marks the aroma and hangs around in the aftertaste as well. Fram Farm is bodied and delicious, and I love how even at Full City roast level you can easily taste the dark fruit flavors that make this Fram Farm lot unique.