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JBC Coffee Roasters

Karuthi Kenya

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 53/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Subtly complex, delicately sweet-savory. Honey, baker’s chocolate, black currant, sandalwood, wisteria in aroma and cup. Juicy, buoyant acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The sweetly tart finish is vibrant with notes of chocolate and black currant in the short; suggestions of wisteria resurface in the long.

Notes:

Produced from trees of the admired SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica. Despite challenges ranging from unclear government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands to chronically unstable weather, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. This coffee was produced by small-holding farmers of the Othaya Farming Cooperative Society. JBC Coffee Roasters’ vision is simple: “let the coffee lead the way” through sourcing and roasting the best and most unique coffees available and rewarding the farmers who grow those coffees with substantial premiums. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A deeply rich, layered Kenya cup with savory sweetness characteristic of this celebrated origin’s most classic coffees.