Karani is a coffee mill from the Kirinyaga growing district. The light roast cup has a wonderful rindy citrus note, lemon/pink grapefruit. The sweetness is offset by a slightly drying finish; a lively, almost effervescent cup. There's a bit of Acacia floral note, topping off the bright end of the cup. I liked the slightly darker roasts I did, they were more balanced. The darker roast is more bittersweet, dark chocolate covering citrus accents. City+ to Full City.
Karani is a "factory," a coffee mill in Kenya terminology, from the Kirinyaga growing district. It is a cooperative coffee, one of the processing stations of the Kabare Farmers Cooperative Society located in Kerugoya. While we like estate coffees, oftentimes the qualities from cooperatives is superior. In a coop, each member is tending to only 200-500 trees on less than a hectare, as opposed to a huge estate that uses agribusiness growing methods. I think it shows in the cup too. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to visit Karani, as it is the second time we have offered this specific coop coffee. I usually head in the direction of Nyeri to visit coops we have worked with more extensively, and Kirinyaga is the opposite way, to the East and away from the Aberdare zone. But we have had so many nice Kirinyaga lots lined up for 2010, I think I must spend more time there! This is a large screen peaberry lot, but actually includes quite a bit of flatbeans too, for your information. Of course, we grind it up and judge it by cup flavors, so the shape of the coffee matters naught. This coffee slipped from first to second rapidly, so pay attention. Perhaps I was just having a bad day on the sample roaster, but luckily all the roasts I did cupped very well! I liked the unabashed brightness of the lighter roasts. The dry fragrance is very malty-caramelly in its sweetness. There are soft tropical fruit notes and these are fleshed out even more in the wet aroma. There are also lemon wafer scents, caramel biscuit and stone fruits (peach, mainly) in the wet aromatics. The light roast cup has a wonderful rindy citrus note, lemon/pink grapefruit. The sweetness is offset by a slightly drying finish; it makes for a lively, almost effervescent cup. There's a bit of Acacia floral note, topping off the bright end of the cup. I liked the slightly darker roasts I did, they were more balanced. But I can't help but feel I am missing something with FC+ roasts, when I compare them to the dynamic City roast. The darker roast is (as expected) more bittersweet, dark chocolate covering citrus accents.