Transparent sweetness is accented by clean fruited notes of orange and lemon hard candies, blueberry, raisin, along with lemon-like vibrance. City to Full City. A bright and chocolatey espresso.
|Region||Kirimukuyu, Nyeri County|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 17-19 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ for brewed coffee, Full City for a bright, chocolatey espresso|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Kianjogu Factory is a washing station in Kirimukuyu, within Nyeri County, and is part of Rutuma Amalgamated Farmers Cooperative Society ("FCS"). The Factories are washing stations, more or less, where local farmers who are members can sell their coffee for processing and export. The "FCS" is the cooperative umbrella that support the various factories and do most of the client outreach and export. Farmers in the region grow mainly SL-28 and SL-34, with small amounts of Ruiru mixed in, and farm altitudes range from 1700 to about 1900 meters above sea level. In Kenya, coffee is graded by size and quality, the main three being AA, AB and PB (peaberry). AA are the largest screen size, which is what this lot represents and usually commands a higher premium than the others.
Kianjogu AA is anchored in transparent sweetness like table sugar or simple syrup, accented by understated fruited top notes and vibrant, lemon-like acidity. The ground coffee has a dried blueberry note at City+ along with caramelizing sugar sweetness. The wetted crust produces a smell of unrefined sugars and molasses cookie sweetness, along with a citrus peel hint that livens up the aroma. Brewing a City+ roast, base sweetness is transparent and really sweetens up the somewhat soft fruited highlights. Flavors of blueberry, raisin, and citrus surface as the coffee cools off a bit and lemony acidity is easily perceived and bolsters accents of lemon and orange hard candies. Like the AB/AA blend we recently had available, this AA lot translates into delicious espresso at Full City. Shots are loaded with fruit and bittersweet chocolate, and while certainly tangy and bright, it's not unbearable or to the point of tasting 'metallic'. That said, I would ward off folks who don't like a bright shot, because it's certainly still that!