Nyala Kenya Peaberry by Johnson Brothers Coffee Review | CoffeeReview.com
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: August 2013
Origin: Central Kenya. Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Rich, resonantly juicy. The aroma is crisp but relatively quiet: black currant, lavender, dark chocolate. But in the cup the aromatics swell with symphonic complexity over a structure simultaneously dry and sweetly juicy: flowers range from crisp lavender to spicy rose to lush lilac; the chocolate is fudgy and nutty with hints of savory spice. Deeply vibrant acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries far into the finish with remarkable depth and persistence.

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. This sample 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. Visit www.johnsonbrotherscoffee.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An extraordinary Kenya, original and intense yet accessible.


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