This AA lot from Mandela Estate has a citrus overlay that adds a fruited quality to the cup as well as acidity. Sencha tea, nectarine, unrefined sugar and more. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||September 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.6d/300g; 17 - 19 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
The small coffee estate Mandela lies within the Kiambu District, near the Gatamaiyo Forest Reserve. This area is home to several small estate coffees we purchased this year, and not far from a few of the Coop Factories we buy from such as Kamwangi and Karatina. Mandela subverts your expectations of what a typical "estate" coffee is, and rather, is a network of small plots of land rented by a single owner and farm manager where he grows coffee and sells under under a single name, Mandela. Both he and his brother have been farming coffee in this area for some time, and together they share a central milling facility where the coffee is processed down to the dry parchment, before being sent to a larger dry mill where it is prepared for export Buying from an estate where the coffee all comes from a single source affords us a different and unique opportunity to select coffee that we can trace back to it's exact provenance. Whereas with the coops, 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.
The dry fragrance of Mandela AA has similarities to snickerdoodle cookies in the sweet, cinnamon-spiced elements that come through in City/City+ roasts. When adding hot water, citrus and dried fruited smells blossom in the steam, along with more of the sweet cinnamon smells that evoke fresh baked cinnamon rolls and raisin too. The cup at City+ has a citrus overlay that's bracing, and drives a stark vibrance through flavor notes of raw sugars, nectarine, and Sencha tea. Like most Kenyan coffees, acidic impressions are complex and central to the cup. Even Full City roasts offer some level of citric shimmer to structure flavor notes. Speaking of which, my Full City roasts showed a syrupy chocolate side too infused with a slightly bittering orange note that I'll definitely run through my espresso machine with another day or two rest.