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Coava Coffee Roasters

Kenya Karuthi AA

Location: Portland, Oregon

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.00/250 grams

Review Date: December 2018

Agtron: 56/72

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Complex, layered, spice-toned. Coconut, blackberry, ginger blossom, wild honey, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. The structure is sweet, tart and savory in balance with juicy, bright acidity. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The long, resonant finish centers around berry and coconut, supported by ginger blossom and chocolate.

Notes:

Produced by members of the Othaya Cooperative from trees of the admired SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica. 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. Coava is a Portland-based coffee roaster, now with a San Diego location as well, that aims to provide quality coffee and education regarding the preparation of good coffee. Visit www.coavacoffee.com or call 503-894-8134 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A big, lavishly complex, high-toned Kenya cup alive with berry and tropical fruit, spicy florals and deep chocolate.

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