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Temple Coffee and Tea

Kenya Ruthaka Peaberry

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Review Date: January 2019

Agtron: 48/72

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, richly savory. Dark chocolate, pistachio, red currant jam, honeysuckle, a hint of marjoram in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory structure with elegant, lilting acidity; lush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of dark chocolate and red currant, with undertones of crisp marjoram.

Notes:

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. This particular 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. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A high-toned, nuanced Kenya cup, classic in its presentation of sweet-tart currant and deep chocolate notes.

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