|Roaster Location:||Madison, Wisconsin|
|Coffee Origin:||Central Kenya.|
|Est. Price:||$14.99/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||August 2013|
Blind Assessment: Rich, resonantly juicy. The aroma is crisp but relatively quiet: black currant, lavender, dark chocolate. But in the cup the aromatics swell with symphonic complexity over a structure simultaneously dry and sweetly juicy: flowers range from crisp lavender to spicy rose to lush lilac; the chocolate is fudgy and nutty with hints of savory spice. Deeply vibrant acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries far into the finish with remarkable depth and persistence.
Notes: Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world's most elegant and distinctive coffees. This 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. JBC Coffee Roasters (formerly Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters) is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: An extraordinary Kenya, original and intense yet accessible.