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Strongtree Heirloom Organic Coffees

Kenya AA Kiaora Estate Full City Roast

Location: Hudson, New York

Origin: Kirinyaga District, Central Highlands, Kenya.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $17.00/16 ounces

Review Date: September 2011

Agtron: 47/56

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Superb balance and complex, distinctive aromatics. Richly pungent, sweetly tart structure with cocoa-toned berry – blackberry, black currant – and hints of orange and fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Quietly rounded acidity; silky to lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is long, smooth and flavor-saturated.

Notes:

Kiaora, or Kia Ora, produces only coffee from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety, and presents itself as the first coffee farm in Kenya to have achieved organic certification. Strongtree is a family-owned, quality-driven roaster specializing in organically certified coffees and located in historic Hudson, New York. Visit www.strongtreecoffee.com or call 518-697-8851 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Distinctive Kenya fruit in a superbly balanced, versatile cup.


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

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