JBC Coffee Roasters

Karimikui Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Kirinyaga District, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2018

Agtron: 51/73

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, richly floral-toned. Lavender, dark chocolate, red currant, almond butter, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Delicate, viscous mouthfeel; richly drying finish centers around notes of tart fruit, dark chocolate and bittersweet, lavender-like flowers. Chocolaty and floral in three parts milk, with ongoing tart-fruit notes as well.


Produced by members of the Rungeto Farmer’s Cooperative Society from trees of the heirloom SL28 and SL34, and recent hybrid Ruiru 11 and Batian varieties of Arabica. Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues 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: An intense Kenya espresso, confident and punchy, with deep floral, fruit and chocolate notes in both straight shot and milk.

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