We picked up three different peaberry lots and one AA from the Chinga Factory, part of the Othaya Farmer's Cooperative Society (FCS). Othaya has an impressive roster of wet mills, 18 in all, dating back to the late 1950s. Chinga Factory was the second mill to be developed under Othaya umbrella in 1960. "Factories" are essentially small washing stations aligned with a particular "society" in Kenya, what we would call a "cooperative". We return to the societies who seem to regularly produce some of the best Kenya coffees, and each year we come across societies that are new to us as well. Being one of the older Kenya FCS, we are well aware of the quality coming out of Othaya, and have had the good fortune to buy a few stellar lots the past two years. We bought three lots from the Chinga station this year alone, two peaberries, and one AA lot (which is on our next container). This coffee's sweetness just blew us away, fresh fruit flavors and acidity too. It was purchased direct, not through the Kenya auction system, so we could avoid the risk of losing it. To do this we pay a price that is higher than what the top auction bid might be, but it means we get the exact lot we want.
Chinga is a 'big' smelling coffee, ripe fruits and a dense sweetness lining the aromatic profile. The fragrance of City roasts are perfumed with a smell of red tropical punch (like Hawaiian Punch drink), a mix of pineapple and orange juices, shifting into red berry territory as in roasts beyond City+. An agressive honey smell wafts up in the steam off the coffee crust after pouring hot water, and the break lets off an aroma of cinnamon-spiced pear butter, along with blackberry syrup, and hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks. This is an intense Kenya cup, City and City+ roasts are bursting with sweet-to-tart citrus flavors, like lemon juice tempered with sugar, an underlying sweetness that shifts toward raw cane juice in the finish. As the cup cools, this fruited profile expands, cranberry juice, red apple, fresh pineapple, and raspberry all come to mind. Full City roasting tones down the citrus a touch, but the cup is still quite vibrant, with flavors of grape juice, mango nectar, coconut water, cocoa powder, and chocolate orange in the finish. An incredible brewed coffee, and Full City roasts promise distilled fruit and dark cocoa flavors, and of course a vivid high note, in espresso application.