The perfect respite from over-the-top Kenyas. Kagumo-ini has delicate, refined sugar sweetness, mild lemony brightness, lavender herbal-floral flavors, medium body, and an elegant finish. City+ to Full City roast levels are ideal.
Kagumo-ini is a "factory" (a coffee mill) that is part of the Mugaga Farmer's Cooperative Society. It's near Karatina town in Nyeri with average farms in the area at 1600 meter altitude, red volcanic loam soils (typical for the area), and other crops including tea, corn, and bananas. It's a typical cooperative in those respects, but the quality of coffee produced at this mill has been very high season after season. This is our only lot of Kagumo-ini for '09, but we have offered it nearly every year in recent memory. Consistent quality means a lot in the coffee trade! The cup on this peaberry lot, which I selected when cupping in Nairobi, is really sweet, delicate, and well-structured. The dry fragrance has outstanding caramel sauce and vanilla sweetness, like a ice cream parfait! The wet aroma has floral notes, jasmine, and vanilla. There's warming spice mix in there as well, and a small amount of citrus oils. The cup is a bit restrained for a Kenya (which is a nice break after some real "fruit bomb" Kenyas!) It has a pointed bright note, with a lime-like acidity, fading to spice-like aftertaste. At the lightest City roast, just through 1st crack, the flavors were a little tart and grainy in the sweetness, so I found a better cup emerging around City+ to Full City roast levels. There's a touch of lavender in the cup, herbal-floral brightness. It especially blooms when the cup cools down a bit, and a caramel-vanilla sweet syrupy flavor balances out the tangy bright high notes. The finish is delicate, with a very "refined sugar" sweetness, lemon-vanilla cookie. Overall it is not a hugely complex cup, more on the delicate end of the Kenya spectrum. I think, after tasting a bunch of powerhouse Kenya lots, that's a good thing!