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Willoughby's Coffee & Tea

Kenya AA Gicheroi

Location: Branford, Connecticut

Origin: Kiambu County, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.99/16 ounces

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 54/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly layered, sweet-savory; narcissus, dark chocolate, tomato jam, sage, oak in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure; buoyant, velvety mouthfeel. The crisp, flavor-saturated finish centers on a throughline of floral-toned chocolate in the short, with notes of sweetly savory tomato jam and aromatic wood in the long.

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. AA is the highest grade of Kenya coffee based on freedom from physical imperfections and bean size. Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea is a pioneer specialty coffee roaster established in the early 1980s that has gracefully and successfully moved with the times and now offers a menu of extremely refined small-lot, single-origin coffees. Visit www.willoughbyscoffee.com or call 800-388-8400 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A deeply intense, focused Kenya coffee with an especially appealing mouthfeel, velvety and lively.