THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Nyeri Hill shows brilliant acidity, like tart grapefruit or orange juice. Developed sugar sweetness and candied citrus peel fade to berry and citrus hints in the finish. Big body makes this a good espresso option. City to Full City+.
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Nyeri Hill farm has an interesting history as one of the earliest coffee estates in East Africa and is run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kenya. It was founded in in the late 1800's when Kenya was still under British rule, and planted in coffee by Italian missionaries around 1915 with coffee being exported back to Italy. The farm is located in the municipality of Nyeri, not far from Nairobi. It spans a massive 1400+ hectares of which 350 are planted in coffee, starting at a low of 1800 meters and tops out at 2200 meters. The farm is primarily planted in SL-28, with about 20% Ruiri-11 and SL-34 mixed in. There are many physical reminders of Nyeri Hill's long history (mostly commemorating the Italian war efforts of WWII), and includes a wet-mill facility onsite built in the 1930s - and as ancient as it is, the machinery is still in operation today (which says a lot about the rate of technical innovation in cherry/pulp removal!). This sample stood out when cupping in Kenya, but unfortunately we weren't able to make a visit to the farm and get photos to share. This is an AA outturn, the largest bean separation (17-19 screen), and with exceptional sorting implemented.
When cupping our most recent Kenya arrivals, this lot of Nyeri Hill shone bright, an incredibly juicy-fruited cup, with lively acidity, and dense underlying sweetness. The dry fragrance is so sweet, layers of complex sugar notes, with flashes of dark grape juice, elderberry tea. The steam off the wet crust is also intensely sweet, yet refined in elegance. Berry notes are backed with creme brûlée crust sweetness, and a scent of orange rind and dark grape are revealed on the break. Acidity makes quite an impression, even when piping hot. A tart brightness of orange juice or pink grapefruit cuts through, the architecture on which this fairly fruit-laden cup profile hangs. It's syrupy sweet, like a sugar and fruit reduction. Blackberry juice, currant, and blueberry accents come to mind as the cup cools a bit, developed sugar sweetness building all the while. Flavor notes continue to unfold, and the finish is suffused with faint citrus and berry notes in the long aftertaste. More roast development ushers in a flavor of Dutch drinking cocoa, while retaining immense flavors of dark fruit, and slightly toned down acidity, while remaining to be mouth-cleansing in the finish. This is one of our more bodied Kenyas, and is a great espresso candidate for those searching for wilder-flavored shots.