Flight Coffee Co.
Kenya Karani AA
|Roaster Location:||Bedford, New Hampshire|
|Coffee Origin:||Kirinyaga growing district, central Kenya.|
|Est. Price:||$14.50/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||September 2015|
Blind Assessment: Delicate but deep; intricate; savory-sweet. Ripe tomato, blackberry, musky chocolate, with a violet-like floral topnote in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The chocolate note emerges clearly in a sweet finish.
Notes: This coffee was produced from trees of the admired heirloom SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica, as well as the hybrid Ruiru 11, and processed at the Karani wet mill. 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. Flight Coffee (formerly CQ Coffee Roasters) is a coffee-loving, quality-focused roasting company based in Bedford, New Hampshire.Visit www.flightcoffeeco.com or call 603-836-6228 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Those who value originality, particularly the Kenya-inflected kind: imagine the good side of sweet tomato against a backdrop of chocolate and berry.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2015 tasting report: Coffees of Kenya 2015: Still Great, Still Kenya