Equator Coffees & Teas

Kenya AA Kangocho

Location: San Rafael, California

Origin: Nyeri County, Central Highlands, Kenya.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $21.95/16 ounces

Review Date: September 2011

Agtron: 54/64

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Complex layers of fruit in aroma and cup: strawberry, cherry, orange, deepened and complicated by a pungent cedar. Rich, round acidity; soft, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some flavor carries into a long, resonantly sweet finish.


The Kangocho Cooperative is one of many smaller cooperatives that belong to the larger Gikanda Cooperative Society, a group that supports farmers in and around the highly regarded Nyeri growing region. Kangocho produces coffee from trees of the famous SL-28 variety of Arabica, derived from both the original Bourbon-influenced “French Mission” variety as well as from heirloom Ethiopian and possibly Sudanese cultivars. Equator is a specialty roaster based in the San Francisco Bay Area driven by “passion for quality and sustainability.” Visit www.equatorcoffees.com or call 800-809-7687 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An almost creamily smooth mouthfeel and quiet, relatively restrained acidity makes this a particularly accessible rendition of the celebrated Kenya profile.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2011 tasting report: Still Tops: Coffees of Kenya

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