Flying Goat Coffee
Both Ken (92) and co-cupper Christy Thorns (88) remarked on an odd (and for Ken an interesting) character to the aroma. Christy called it "stewed berry," Ken - a rich, almost meaty impression - Dijon mustard and ripe tomatoes.? In the cup Christy found "the acidity a bit timid, [though] the sugary sweetness of the finish more than compensates." Ken admired the "sweet, gently tart fruitiness" of the acidity, finding it more elegant than timid.
Kenya is one of the world's most admired coffee origins. Peaberries result 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. Flying Goat is a quality-oriented small-batch wholesale/retail roaster located in northern California's wine country. Visit
Who Should Drink It
The unusual character of the aroma may interest aficionados, but for lovers of distinctive medium-roast coffees the gentle acidity and sweet finish will be the main appeal.
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This review originally appeared in the October, 2004 tasting report: Ethiopia and Kenya: The World's Most Distinctive Coffees