Big Shoulders Coffee

Makwa Kenya AB

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Review Date: July 2017

Agtron: 62/84

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly pungent, sweet-savory. Coconut, violet, baker’s chocolate, musky hops, oak in aroma and cup. Vibrant, sweet acidity; delicate, velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The sweet-toned finish consolidates to floral and chocolate notes enveloped in a savory edge that suggests hops.


Produced from trees of the admired Bourbon-derived SL 28 variety of Arabica as well as the hybrid Ruiru 11 variety. Despite grower discontent, confusing government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. Big Shoulders Coffee is a Chicago artisan roaster that emphasizes a fresh-roasted, no-nonsense approach to fine coffee. Visit www.bigshoulderscoffee.com or call 312-888-3042 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A resonantly engaging Kenya cup: smoothly bright acidity, sweet fruit and floral notes and a deep, savory throughline.

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