JBC Coffee Roasters

Kamagogo Kenya

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Murang’a Foothills, Aberdare Ridge, Central Province, Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $20.90/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2017

Agtron: 53/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

An exquisite Kenya: bold, richly sweet-savory, and deeply inviting.


Produced from trees of the admired SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica at Kamagogo Factory, the mill operated by the 860-member Kamagogo cooperative. 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. JBC Coffee Roasters’ vision is simple: “let the coffee lead the way” through sourcing and roasting the best and most unique coffees available and rewarding the farmers who grow those coffees with substantial premiums. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Complex, intensely pungent, deeply sweet-savory. Concord grape, honey, marjoram, narcissus, blood orange zest in aroma and cup. Juicy, engaging acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant, long, flavor-laden finish sustains all of the notes from the cup plus a cinnamon-like hint of spice.

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