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Coffea Roasterie

Kenya Karatu AA

Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Origin: Thika growing region, central Kenya.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $29.95/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2011

Agtron: 50/68

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Sonorously bright acidity and lush yet delicate aroma and flavor: flowers, orange, nut, fresh-cut fir with a rounding hint of milk chocolate. Silkily smooth mouthfeel. The finish is sweet but crisp, dominated by an orangy chocolate.

Notes:

Produced mainly from trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica. Grown by farmers of the Gitwe cooperative, which operates two wet mills, Karatu and Kariuga, and is composed of 1,868 farmer members. Coffea Roasterie is a South Dakota-based wholesale and retail roaster, offering a small but refined selection of mostly single-origin coffees. Visit www.coffearoasterie.com or call 605-362-9955 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A brightly acidy coffee with complete and seductive balance and delicately distinctive, layered Kenya aromatics.


This review originally appeared in the September, 2011 tasting report: Still Tops: Coffees of Kenya

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