Flying Goat Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Healdsburg, California|
|Coffee Origin:||South-central Kenya|
|Review Date:||October 2004|
Blind Assessment: 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.
Notes: 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.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2004 tasting report: Ethiopia and Kenya: The World's Most Distinctive Coffees