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Temple Coffee and Tea

Kenya Makwa AB

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2014

Agtron: 51/59

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Intense and unmistakable Kenya character: dry yet sweet synthesis of pungent black currant, blackberry and fresh-cut cedar; backgrounded hints of lush night-blooming flowers, lemon, black sage. Big, sweetly brisk acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The Kenya flavor complex deeply saturates a long, rich finish.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the #19 coffee on Coffee Review’s ranking of the Top 30 Coffees of 2014.  Produced from trees of the admired Bourbon-derived SL 28 variety of Arabica as well as the hybrid Ruiru 11 variety. Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Classic Kenya. Balanced in structure but with the Kenya aroma/flavor complex on steroids. If you don’t know Kenyas, try this one. If you do know Kenyas and you like them, don’t miss this one. Spectacular.