JBC Coffee Roasters

Karuthi Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 53/77

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. High-toned, floral-savory. Wisteria, nut-toned chocolate, maraschino cherry, fresh-cut cedar, grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Lush, syrupy body. The sweetly crisp, tart finish is assertive and maintains all of the notes from the cup. In three parts milk, wisteria notes are elevated, supported by nut-toned chocolate suggestions.


Produced from trees of the admired SL28 and SL34 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. This coffee was produced by small-holding farmers of the Othaya Farming Cooperative Society. 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: A deeply engaging, sweetly savory Kenya espresso, striking, original yet complete, enticing both as straight shot and in milk.

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