Kenya Kirinyaga Thunguri AB

City roasts show soft citrus notes like lemonade and orange, with light berry accents, and grabby grapefruit acidity. Just a shade darker reveals dark berry tones like blueberry pancake syrup, and raspberry compote, with dark chocolate bittersweetness at the edges. City to Full City

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Kirinyaga
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date August 2017 Arrival
Lot size 19
Bag size 60
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail SL-28, SL-34
Grade AB
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 15-17 screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

Thunguri is a "Factory" located in the Kirinyaga district, just across the border from Nyeri. Factories are basically what we call a wet mill, and is where cooperative farmers bring coffee cherry fruit for processing in Kenya. The coop is part of the Rumukia FCS (farmers cooperative society), a parent society whose other Factories we've bought coffee from and offered multiple times in our 15 year history at Sweet Maria's (Kiawamururu and Tambaya come to mind offhand). AA, AB, PB, all from the same day's harvest, but we're never really sure which will shine brightest, and this AB outturn happened to stand out amongst the rest. An out-turn is the name for the graded, separated lots that come from one raw, unmilled lot of parchment coffee that arrives at the mill. AA and AB refer to screen size - 17 to 19 1/64 in., and 15 to 17 1/64 in. respectively.

The dry fragrance shows a subtle citrus feature alongside a maple sugar sweetness, the sweet smell of candied orange peel wrapped up in unrefined sugar. Aromatically too, I picked up on a smell of citrus with cinnamon and all-spice accents along with layers of sugar browning smells, and breaking through the crust gives off an impression of canned orange juice concentrate. The cup of City roasts most echoes my notes on "smells", and you won't be disappointed if light roasting is your preference. Soft citrus notes are revealed like lemonade and orange notes, and acidity has a slight grabbiness to it, akin to pink grapefruit. Berry notes accent the cup as well, and the underlying sweetness is very much fruited, as well as marked by raw sugars, baking spice accents making their mark in the finish. It's kind of surprising how just a shade darker reveals a whole other coffee. Fruit and sugar tones come off like blueberry pancake syrup, and raspberry compote sandwiched between a thin layer of dark chocolate. The cool cup reveals mixed berry jam flavors, and from as light as City to our darkest Full City roast, a lasting sweetness prevails. Complexity will shine in pour over brewing, and even full submersion brews such as French Press.