Centered around deep fruit tones, raw sugars and tart citrus. Notes of orange, cranberry, tropical fruit punch and vibrant lemon. Full City roasts have high % cacao bar with dried berry and drizzled in lemon juice. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||July 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiri 11|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15+ Peaberry screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
Thageini Factory is part of Aghuti Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS), an FCS that includes a few other stations we buy from: Gititu and Kagumo. It's not the "factory" as we might imagine it. "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: such as Aghuti. This coffee 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. During the final dry milling, the coffee seeds are separated by size which is measured in 1/64ths of an inch, and they call these separations "out turns". The main ones we're used to seeing in specialty coffee are AA 17-19 screen, AB 15-17 screen and Peaberry 15 screen which this lot is.
Thageini has a 'big' fragrance when coming out of the grinder, red berry and dried tropical fruit smells lining the aromatic profile. A sweet tropical punch smell comes up from the ground coffee along with a smell of berry cooked down with raw sugar and cinnamon. It's a super sweet smelling coffee and the wet aroma is blossoming with a mix of maple sugar and orange juice accents. Citrus is one of the first flavors I can think of when sipping the hot cup, like lemon spritz and the bittering rind, a tartness that's matched by underlying layers of sweetness. The cool brew reveals a cup centered around deeper fruit tones and raw sugars, and flavors of orange, cranberry and subtle tropical accents circle back to the tropical punch aroma sensed in the dry grounds. There's a cinnamon powder accent too, most noticeable in the finish. Acidity is brightest in light roasts, some tart citric aspects as well as a berry like brightness, even in our darkest Full City roast (think high % cacao bar drizzled in lemon juice).