Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea

Kenya AB

Location: Waterbury Center, Vermont

Origin: South-central Kenya

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2019

Agtron: 47/69

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Roast-touched, floral-toned, richly chocolaty. Narcissus, chocolate fudge, black cherry, almond, lightly scorched mesquite in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with crisp, malic acidity, suggesting green apple; full, creamy mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to chocolate fudge and black cherry with undertones of smoky mesquite.


This coffee earned the second-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from New England roasters for Coffee Review’s February 2019 tasting report. Despite challenges ranging from contested government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands to chronically unstable weather, Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea provides craft-roasted coffees and quality teas to retail establishments, food service markets, and retail customers throughout New England, and beyond. For more information, visit  www.vtartisan.com.

The Bottom Line: A deeply sweet Kenya cup with a developed roast profile that equally prioritizes flowers and chocolate.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2019 tasting report: New England Coffee Roasters: Embracing (and Reinventing) Tradition

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