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Coava Coffee Roasters

David Mburu Kenya

Location: Portland, Oregon

Origin: Kiambu County, south-central Kenya

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $15.00/250 grams

Review Date: December 2017

Agtron: 58/84

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Deep, complex, richly sweet-savory. Vanilla orchid, toasted coconut, fine musk, dried fig, dark caramel in aroma and cup. Elegant, savory-leaning structure with bright, juicy acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-laden finish is centered around floral-toned fruit, with supporting notes of dark caramel and fine musk.

Notes:

Produced by David Mburu Mwangi at his farm in Kenya’s Kiambu East District from trees of the Ruiru 11, SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica. Despite challenges ranging from contested government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands to chronically unstable weather, Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. Coava is a Portland-based coffee roaster, now with a San Diego location as well, that aims to provide quality coffee and education regarding the preparation of good coffee. Visit www.coavacoffee.com or call 503-894-8134 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A big, juicy Kenya that invokes the tropics: resonant notes of aromatic orchid and coconut, along with hints of elegant musk and dried fig.

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