Kenya coffee is one of the more universally admired of coffee origins. Although Kenya produces less and less coffee every year, the coffee it does produce continues to rank among the world’s greatest and most consistent. The characteristic Kenya coffee profile is a triumph of classic refinement based on Kenya producers’ loyalty to their unique traditional coffee varieties and traditional wet processing and drying procedures. As is often the case in Ethiopia, the great coffees from Kenya are the product of disciplined cooperatives of small-holding producers.
Kenya Coffee Ratings and Reviews
The Kenya coffee reviews below are listed in reverse chronological order by review date. Only reviews published in the past five years are displayed. Click here to view older reviews of coffees from Kenya. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee.
Balanced, richly sweet, spice-toned. Apricot, cocoa nib, lilac, coriander, amber in aroma and cup. Deep, sweet-savory structure with bright acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The finish is both crisp and juicy, leading with notes of apricot and coriander in the short and rich, cocoa-toned florals in the long.
Bright, richly sweet, complex. Red currant, jasmine, dark chocolate, tangerine zest, maple syrup in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure, with juicy-bright acidity. Crisply silky mouthfeel. The balanced, integrated finish is centered around notes of red currant and dark chocolate, with hints of tangerine zest into the long.
Complex, multi-layered. Almond brittle, black cherry, dark chocolate, narcissus, mustard seed in aroma and small cup. Sweetly savory with juicy acidity; syrupy-smooth, lively mouthfeel. Resonant, long, flavor-saturated finish consolidates to suggestions of black cherry and almond brittle.
Rich-toned, chocolaty. Baking chocolate, black currant, freesia-like flowers, clove, agave syrup in aroma and cup. Sweet structure with gentle, round acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. The delicate finish leads with chocolate and freesia in the short, clove and agave syrup in the crisp-toned long.
Rich-toned, expressively layered, deeply sweet-savory. Ginger flower, toasted coconut, dried red currant, wild honey, cedar in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure with high-toned, vibrant acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. The long, intense finish is centered around notes of ginger and wild honey, with supporting notes of red currant and coconut.
Richly sweet-savory. Ripe heirloom tomato, pomegranate, cocoa nib, sage, narcissus in aroma and cup. Complex sweet-savory-tart structure with elegantly bright acidity; plush, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Long, lingering, flavor-saturated finish that foregrounds tomato, pomegranate and cocoa notes.
Nuanced, multi-layered. Almond brittle, pomegranate, dark chocolate, narcissus, lemon-thyme in aroma and small cup. Sweetly savory with juicy acidity; syrupy-smooth, vibrant mouthfeel with. Resonant, long, flavor-saturated finish.
Balanced, sweetly savory. Wisteria, black currant, lime zest, tamarind, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with bight, juicy acidity; full, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of tamarind, supported by lime zest and cedar.
Sweet-toned, richly aromatic. Red currant, honey, narcissus, cedar, lavender in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart with bright, juicy acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The short finish consolidates to notes of red currant and honey, carrying far into the long.
Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet-tart, high-toned, deeply aromatic. Dried pomegranate, honeysuckle, dark chocolate, amber, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Plush, voluptuous mouthfeel; resonant, flavor-laden finish. Superb in cappuccino-scaled milk: chocolaty and floral-toned.
Berry-driven, complexly sweet-savory. Mulberry, praline, cocoa nib, lilac, tangerine zest in aroma and cup. Brightly sweet-savory structure with juicy, vibrant acidity; full, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Resonant, lingering, berry-toned finish, chocolaty and floral.
Price: NT $450/220 grams
Richly sweet, deeply savory. Lilac, black currant, lime zest, tamarind, cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced structure with lively acidity; plush, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The finish leads with lilac and black currant in the short; lime zest and cedar carry the long.
Crisply sweet-savory. Date, magnolia, tamarind, cedar, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Richly bittersweet structure with lively acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. Sweetly tart finish leads with tamarind notes, supported by suggestions of rich cedar.
Evaluated as espresso. Deep-toned, chocolaty and rich. Chocolate fudge, black cherry, gardenia, hop flowers, gently scorched cedar in aroma and small cup. Creamy, viscous mouthfeel; chocolaty, aromatic finish with rich cedar notes. Decadently dessert-like in cappuccino-scaled milk with notes of chocolate fudge, black cherry and gardenia, all enveloped in an appealing, very subtle smokiness.
Price: $20.00/12 ounces
Richly sweet-savory, subtly complex. Bing cherry, cocoa nib, Meyer lemon zest, fresh-cut fir, Nutella in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory structure with juicy-bright acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of crisp citrus and sweet Nutella notes.
Richly aromatic, deep-toned, vibrant. Red currant, toffee, hazelnut, freesia, fresh-cut oak in aroma and cup. Juicy-sweet structure with bright acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of toffee and hazelnut with a hint of freesia.
Crisply sweet-savory. Dark chocolate, charred mesquite, gardenia, dried persimmon, dark caramel in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure with barely perceptible acidity; gently drying, chocolaty and wood-framed finish.
Price: NT $750/227 grams
Savory-sweet, deep-toned, juicy. Concord grape, mustard flower, dark chocolate, tangerine zest, cedar in aroma and cup. Savory-leaning structure with cola-like, phosphoric acidity; viscous, satiny mouthfeel. Flavor-saturated finish, long, chocolate-laden, fruity and spice-toned.
Resonantly sweet-tart, high-toned. Passion fruit, toffee, pink grapefruit zest, jasmine, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with juicy-bright acidity; very full, syrupy mouthfeel. The long, lingering finish centers around notes of toffee and pink grapefruit zest.
Deeply sweet-savory, yet bright and juicy. Dark chocolate, hop flowers, apricot, marjoram, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure with vibrant acidity; crisp, lightly satiny mouthfeel. The long, lingering finish retains its flavor-saturated, engaging structure throughout.