Peerless Coffee and Tea
Kenya AA Dark
|Roaster Location:||Oakland, California|
|Coffee Origin:||South-central Kenya.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Est. Price:||$13.45/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||July 2011|
Blind Assessment: Crisp, gently charred sweetness (think campfire marshmallow) in aroma and cup, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and a shimmer of bright, surprising lemon. Roast-muted acidity, light but silky mouthfeel. Some chocolaty sweetness persists to lighten a rather roast-heavy finish.
Notes: Despite grower discontent and sporadic social disorder, Kenya continues to produce some of the world's most elegant and distinctive coffees. Peerless Coffee was founded in 1924 as a classic storefront roaster in Oakland. It has grown in size and presence since, but remains directly family owned and operated. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Dark-roast fans who don’t need pronounced bitterness to convince them they’re drinking coffee. Displays solid dark-roast character while retaining sweetness and some Kenya complexity.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2011 tasting report: Quest for an Everyday Coffee: Macro-Lots