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Kiangoi AB has dark grape juice and mulling spice flavors, along with a fresh mango note. A standout brewed coffee, acidity is malic like apple-juice, and refreshing. The finish is sweet, crowning an already elegant Kenya cup. City to City+.
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Kiangoi is a "factory," a coffee mill in Kenya terminology, from the Kirinyaga growing district. It is a cooperative coffee, one of the processing stations of the Rung'eto Farmers Cooperative Society. While we like estate coffees, oftentimes the qualities from cooperatives is superior. In a cooperative, each member is tending to only 200-500 trees on less than a hectare, as opposed to a huge estate that uses agribusiness growing methods. I think it shows in the cup too. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to visit Kiangoi, as it is the second time we have offered this specific coop coffee. I usually head in the direction of Nyeri to visit coops we have worked with more extensively, and Kirinyaga is the opposite way, to the East and away from the Aberdare zone. The pictures with this review are SL-28 cultivar, the predominate type in Kirinyaga, which is a Bourbon hybrid from the 1930s developed by Scot Labs, and absolutely the best Kenya cultivar for cup quality. We also have an AA outturn from the Kiangoi station HERE.
This AB lot of Kiangoi is very sweet cup The dry fragrance has a smell of butterscotch toffee, wild flowers, and citrus tea. The wet grounds have a basic sweetness of honey and brown sugar, along with baked pie filling fruits like peach. . This Kiangoi lot makes an impressive cup, fruited and full of clear, refined sugar sweetness. Flavors of dark grape juice, mulling spice, and mango come out in City roasts. The list grows as the cup cools, and are highlighted by a crisp, malic acidity, like apple juice. It's a refreshing cup in the City/City+ roast range, and has so much "Kenya" character in its complex nature. It has a nice vanilla bean-laced tea flavor too, which reverberate in the finish. Kiangoi offers a clean expression of fruit flavors, and retains a refreshing elegance in the way profile notes are seemingly highlighted, and easily discernible from one another. The body is relatively light and suits the cup flavors. It is a true 'standout' brewed coffee.