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Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

Kenya AA Top 405A Espresso

Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Origin: Central Kenya.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: NTD$ 1600 / 16 ounces

Review Date: November 2014

Agtron: 47/62

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deep, complexly expressed. Fresh-cut cedar, blood orange, roasted cocoa nib, lavender, musk in aroma and cup. Plush, silky mouthfeel. Cedar and lavender carry into a sweet, gently drying finish. Flavor carries impressively into three parts milk, with a crisp, lightly stated chocolate dominating and a fine finish.

Notes:

As opposed to most coffees which are carried by ship from origin to consuming country, this fine Kenya was air-lifted. Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. AA is the highest trade of Kenya coffee based on bean size and freedom from 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 tw.myblog.yahoo.com/Grey-Zone or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Shows most complexity and definition as a straight shot, but also exciting with milk. Should please aficionados and beginners alike.

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