Espresso Review - Kenya Espresso by Simon Hsieh Coffee
  • Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

    Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  • Kenya AB Top Lot Single-Origin Espresso

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: May 2013
Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya Price: NT $1300/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, finely structured, quietly distinctive. Dark chocolate and a shifty, anise-toned fruit (orange, blackberry, grape) dominate in aroma and small cup, with backgrounded complications of cedar and butter. Creamy, full yet buoyant mouthfeel. Berry and chocolate in particular persist in a rich, deep finish. Round, quietly balanced in three parts milk.

Notes: Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world's most elegant and distinctive coffees. In addition to his retail roasting operation Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also operates Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on purposed-built commercial espresso blends and high quality single-origin coffees. Visit or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Powerful yet elegantly balanced straight-shot espresso.


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