THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Kenya Nyeri FCS Peaberry is a wild ride, flavors shifting with roast development. Notes include: Concord grape, berry sauce, winey apple, yogurt covered cocoa beans, cane juice, and moderate lemony acidity.
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This "Nyeri FCS" coffee is a blend of peaberry screen size coffees from the factories of a few different Farmer Cooperative Societies ("FCS") in Nyeri County. These factories are where hundreds to thousands of farmer members deliver their coffee to a central washing station where it is then processed, separated by screen size, and then blended into separate process batches. Farmer Cooperative Societies are the umbrella organizations who help their member factories with matters of agronomical support, logistics, interacting with marketing agencies, transparency, and much more. Peaberries occur when one of the two seeds inside the coffee cherry fails to germinate and dies, leaving behind a single seed to receive all the nutrients. It grows into a round shape instead of taking on a flat side, hence the name "peaberry" (in Latin America they call them "caracol", or snails). They're thought to often be sweeter, and more fruit-forward than their flat bean counterparts, which I don't know that's always true, but this one is definitely on the wilder fruit side of the Kenya spectrum. It's dense too, and I let my roasts roll a few added seconds beyond my normal target roast times in order to allow for the better roast evenness from inside to outer layer.
The dry fragrance of our lightest roast (City) showed really strong fruited notes, ripe citrus, grape notes, and underscored by a maltose-like sweetness. The former aspects are strengthened in the wet aromatics, and a scent of orange comes up in the steam, along with accents of winey berry and even a melon note. Full City roasts boost bittersweet chocolate smells, and a nice scent of raspberry chocolate syrup. Intense fruited flavors are undeniable in the brewed coffee, and build in strength as the cup cools. A Concord grape flavor is unearthed as you move through the cup (definitely on the floral side), as are flavors of berry sauce, and a winey overripe red apple note. The sweetness is like unrefined sugar, and somewhere between rice syrup and fresh pressed cane juice that settles in nicely with moderate lemon-like brightness. The cup profile of our Full City roast had dark chocolate and blueberry notes, kind of like blueberry yogurt covered cocoa beans.