Yellow Brick Coffee

Kenya Kamoini Othaya

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2017

Agtron: 60/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately sweet, deeply savory. Red currant, spicy tea rose, black sage, grapefruit zest, cocoa powder in aroma and cup. Crisp, sweet-savory acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The sweet-toned, lively finish is driven by savory notes of red currant and black sage with hints of tea rose.


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. This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from roasting companies in the Southwestern United States (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas) for Coffee Review‘s March 2017 tasting report. Yellow Brick Coffee, based in Tucson, Arizona, provides artisan roasts coupled with superior brewing advisory services that serve the individual needs of both wholesale and retail clients. Visit www.yellowbrickcoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: Pushes the envelope on classic Kenya sweet-savory balance, leaning more toward the savory, though its tart, spicy core is saturated throughout by floral and cocoa notes.

This review originally appeared in the March, 2017 tasting report: Exploring Roasters in the American Southwest

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