Start with City+ where you can expect a sweetness of raw sugars marked by Earl Grey tea and cardamom, lemon cookie, citrus zest and an interesting olive oil-like finishing note. City+ to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||August 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11|
|Appearance||.3 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
Evans farm is a single, 10 acre farm, run by a man named Evanson Kibuu Nganga. The farm is very near some of the others in Kiambu we buy from (Fram Farm, Tano Ndogo, etc) near Ngewa-Komothai area of Kiambu County. Like neighboring Fram Farm, Evanson is growing mostly SL variety and sits at roughly 1850 meters above sea level. This is one of a few small estate coffees we were lucky enough to buy this year, coffees we had no direct connection with in the past. We tend to buy from the Farmers Cooperative Societies ("FCS"), and still do. But buying from a single estate affords us a different and unique opportunity to select coffee that we can trace back to its exact provenance, whereas with the FCS's, you're buying a blend of hundreds and sometimes thousands of small holders. This is certainly not a bad thing as some of our finest Kenyas are through FCS's, just different. We still turn to the coops for the majority of our coffee, but are hoping to continue to cultivate buying relationships with a small number of Kenyan small estates as well.
Compared to some of our other Kenyan coffees, this AA bean from Evans Farm is unique in that it seems to show best when roasted to at least City+. That's where sweetness is unlocked, helping cultivate a sweet/bittersweet undertone that lends balance to an otherwise citric cup profile (when roasted lighter, that is). This makes it a particularly sensible option for those roasting on home machines with very little heat control, like a popper for example. Anything lighter seems to lack sugar caramelization and results in a cup that falls flat. At City+ you can expect a sweetness of raw sugars marked by attractive aromatics of Earl Grey tea and cardamom spice. Citrus characteristics are uncompromised and flavor notes of lemon cookie and citrus zest breathe life into the cup. There's a flavor aspect in the finish that I can best describe as 'olive oil', which is a little odd for coffee I know, but adds an interesting mineral-like quality to the finish that is certainly complex. Evans Farm has big body and I think will take to darker roasting too, though City+ is as dark as I've roasted it.