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Loaded with pulpy citrus and tropical fruit notes. City+ and beyond show pluot, orange juice, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, and guava top notes. Moderate acidity, and weighty body. City to Full City.
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Ndima-ini Factory is located in the Mathira East District, and part of Gakuyu Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS), an FCS that includes a few other stations we buy from: Gatomboya and Gaturiri. 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 this one. The varietals are both SL-28 and SL-34, originally hybrids produced by Scot Labs traced back to French Mission Bourbon, and known for producing an extremely complex cup. 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. This year we brought in 46 KG bags as opposed to the vacuum sealed.
The fruited flavors in Ndiamaini Peaberry are classic Kenya at lighter roast levels, pulpy citrus note and herb tea highlights. The dry fragrance has a nice candied citrus smell, with intense burned sugar sweetness. The wet crust is filled with developed sugar smells, and green grape pops out on the break. We found that deeper roasts (nearing Full City) give off dark, and juicy fruit smells, pluot stone fruits, and Concord grape. From light to dark, the cup has intense fruit character, with moderate citrus juice-like acidity that cuts through. Cardamom spice notes sit well with a dense flavor of orange juice, and an underlying brown sugar syrup sweetness. This sweetness builds as the cup cools, as does one's perception of body, weighted heavy on the palette. Full City roasts have a tropical slant to them to, while ruby red grapefruit, and pulpy orange juice take the lead, flavors of pineapple and guava pastry filling come up in the profile. City roasts are nice too, and show a barley tea top note, like toasted grain. I enjoyed City+ and Full City the best, adding a layer of depth to the fruit characteristics, along with subtle cocoa roast tones.