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Caribou Coffee

Kathakwa Kenya

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Origin: Central Kenya.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $16.99/16 ounces

Review Date: August 2014

Agtron: 52/66

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deep, boldly pungent. Crisp black currant, lush night-blooming flowers, oak, a buttery hint of dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and black currant in particular carry into a roundly resonant finish.

Notes:

Despite grower discontent, unclear government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. This Kenya is Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. It is an offering in Caribou Coffee’s Roastmaster Reserve series of exceptional, seasonally available coffees. Caribou Coffee is a retail roasting chain based in the upper Middle West whose rather irreverent motto “Life is short. Stay awake for it” belies a serious approach to coffee. Visit www.cariboucoffee.com or call 888-227-4268 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A classic Kenya, elegantly dry yet sweetly juicy, floral, chocolaty.