Rich aroma with nut and blackberry notes that deepen and resonate in the cup, adding hints of lemon, red wine, flowers, cocoa. Poised and balanced acidity, roundly rich finish, shimmers of flowers.
Despite national coffee leadership marked by confusion and recent social disorder, Kenya cooperatives continue to produce some of the world's most elegant and distinctive coffees. This sample 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
A Kenya both classic and quietly exotic, with its nut-toned, slightly savory fruit.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2008 tasting report: Coffees of Kenya: Still Struggling, Still Great