JBC Coffee Roasters

Kenya Kirinyaga Kii Peaberry Espresso

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: South-central Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2011

Agtron: 37/49

Aroma: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. In the small cup roundly balanced but engagingly complex. Melony fruit, apple, brandy, dark chocolate suggestions in both aroma and cup. Light-footed, creamy mouthfeel; deep, cleanly resonant finish with particular persistence of the dark chocolate note. Strong presence in two parts milk, dominated by a fruit-toned bittersweet chocolate.


Produced mainly from trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL 28 and SL 34 varieties, this offering consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. JBC Coffee Roasters (formerly Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters) is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information..

Who Should Drink It: Superb straight-shot espresso, smoothly balanced yet lively in detail. Loses its balance a bit in short milk but should power through considerable dairy in taller drinks.

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