An assemblage of clove, cinnamon and all-spice accent notes combine with raw sugar and molasses flavors, nettle herb tea, tart orange, and fragrant citron aroma. City+. 1 LB Bags Only.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||August 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15+ Peaberry screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ roast|
This lot we're calling "Kianguti" is in fact made up from the coffees of three neighboring farms: Kianguti, Karaba and Kiama. This cluster of farms are located in the area of Kerugoya, which is within the larger Kirinyaga county, and benefitting from the slopes of Mount Kenya. This is the Peaberry outturn, which are the small rounded beans that are the result of one of the two embryos dying inside the coffee cherry. Because of this, only one seed matures and forms into a circular shape instead of the typical flat-sided beans. Every tree produces peaberries, but a very low amount, typically 3% or less. We heard that these farms were hit by Coffee Berry Disease ("CBD") this harvest, and are hoping that they did not take too hard of a hit. We will try to make a visit later this month to see the status of their 2018/19 crop, as based on the quality of this one, we'd like the opportunity to buy once again.
Baking spice notes are played up at City+ roast level, which was my preferred roast. I also roasted a batch to City, but flavors were not in balance and the cup lacked the sweetness that came with leaving it in the roaster for about 30 seconds longer. That's where an assemblage of baking spice accent notes combine with sweet raw sugar and molasses flavors and an ever so slight 'toasty' note of roast pungency. Flavor accents gain definition as you move through the cup and top notes of clove, cinnamon and sugar and an herbal nettle tea note take shape as the coffee cools off a bit. Citrus also comes into view and a tart characteristic like underripe orange adds an acidic cup highlight, along with a fragrant citron aroma. A lovely later arrival Kenya, but unfortunately in small quantity and only available in 1 LB bags.