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Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

Kenya AA Lot-125 “Queen Flora”

Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Origin: Kenya

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: NT $900/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2015

Agtron: 44/56

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Massively rich, savory sweet, deeply complex. Dark chocolate, black currant, wisteria and lavender, tangerine-like citrus in aroma and small cup. Full, velvety mouthfeel; smooth, flavor-saturated finish. Chocolate turns fudgy and the flowers deepen in three parts milk.

Notes:

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. AA is the highest grade of Kenya coffee based on bean size and fewest physical imperfections. In addition to his retail roasting operation, Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also operates Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on purposed-built commercial espresso blends and high quality single-origin coffees. Visit www.facebook.com/4ArtsZeroDefectCoffees or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value both the distinctive and the classic. Clear Kenya character -- pungent blackcurrant, dark chocolate, complex flowers -- yet classic and universal in its depth, balance and full, supple mouthfeel.

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