Four Barrel Coffee

Kenya Tekangu Ngunguru

Location: San Francisco, California

Origin: Nyeri County, Central Highlands, Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2011

Agtron: 53/72

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Rich, wine-like acidity drives an orangy cedar and night-floral aromatic in aroma and cup. In the cup additional suggestions surface: peach, chocolate. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Tart but deeply rich, fruit-saturated finish.


Produced mainly from trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 and SL34 varieties. In 2000, Ngunguru joined with its neighboring mills, Tegu and Karagoto, to form the Tekangu Cooperative. Four Barrel is a café located in San Francisco’s Mission District with an in-house roasting facility. It is owned by Ritual Coffee Roasters co-founder Jeremy Tooker. Visit www.fourbarrelcoffee.comr or call 415-252-0800 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a bracing, complex acidy sensation without a hint of sour bite; the acidity is wine-like and nuanced with pungent cedar and lush night flowers.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2011 tasting report: Still Tops: Coffees of Kenya

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