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Kean Coffee

Kenya Lenana

Location: Newport Beach, California

Origin: South-central Kenya

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $16.25/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2016

Agtron: 52/64

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly tart, deeply floral. Honeysuckle, mango, sarsparilla, butterscotch, pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Juicy, buoyantly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The quietly resonant finish centers around sarsparilla and butterscotch.

Notes:

Produced from trees of the admired heirloom SL-28 and SL-34 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. With two locations in Southern California’s Orange County, Kéan Coffee is an in-house coffee roaster and retailer established by Martin Diedrich of the distinguished Diedrich coffee family. The Kéan slogan, “Martin knows his beans” should be true, considering Martin grew up in Guatemala where his family owned a coffee farm. Visit www.keancoffee.com or call 949-515-3882  for more information.

The Bottom Line: Reminiscent in part of a very sophisticated essence of root beer float, this attractive Kenya is deep, sweet and richly smooth.