Coffee Review - Kenya Peaberry by Coava Coffee
  • Coava Coffee Roasters

    Portland, Oregon
  • Ibonia Kenya Peaberry

Roast: Medium Review Date: June 2011
Origin: Kiambu District, Kenya. Price: $15.00/250 grams (8.8 oz)

Blind Assessment: Intense and deep yet delicately balanced, saturated from aroma through finish with famous, sweetly tart Kenya black currant sensation, a layering of ripe lemon, honey, fresh-cut fir, blackberry, flowers and, depending on one’s memory bank, probably much more. Gently rich acidity, lightly silky mouthfeel. The black currant note rings on far into the finish.

Notes: From trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL 28 and SL 34 varieties. Consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Coava is a Portland based coffee roaster that aims to provide quality coffee and the knowledge needed to properly brew that coffee. Visit or call 503-894-8134 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Students of coffee distinction: The black currant note for which Kenyas are celebrated could not be more vividly and resonantly expressed.


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