This PB lot is loaded with fresh fruit flavors and fruit juice sweetness - stone fruit nectar, berry syrup, layered citrus, and fruit punch. The cup is about as complex as they come and with acidity to match. A conversation starter on the table, this is "Kenya" coffee all the way. City to Full City. SO Espresso.
This year we continued to venture outside of our regular Nyeri coffees we so regularly pick up and found many great coffees from the Kirinyaga district, and this one in particular being from Karimikui, a name you may recognize. Last year we picked up an AA outturn from this wet-mill which was fairly hefty in volume, but this year's peaberry lot practically jumped off the table, and so we had to scoop it up. Peaberries are often thought to be slightly sweeter and complex due to the amount of nutrition the rather small, compact bean receives. And in this case, this PB lot seemed to cup a bit higher than both AA and AB out turns. This is a good thing, but unfortunately it's only 13 bags. As such, we're only offering it as 1 and 2 LB quantities. It's an SL-28 varietal and you'll see in the first picture below the unique clumping of an SL-28 shrub. Karimikui is one of the washing stations (a sub-coop wet mill) of the Rugento Farmers Cooperative Society, which is in the town of Embu. We have bought some amazing lots from this station in the past as well, and I think this ranks up with the best. The name seems so Asian, Karimikui from Kirinyaga! And it is a classic Kenya tongue twister, in name and in flavor!
This lot of Karimikui has so much to offer aromatically and in the cup, laden with fruit complexity, structured sweetness, and bracing acidity. The fragrance is has a nice blend of caramel and apple, along with a scent of blackberry, currants, and raspberry drizzled with raw honey. Florals emerge in the wetted grounds, and a smell of chamomile tea comes up in the steam. Berries continue to highlight the aroma and slightly deeper roasts attain a scent of citrus peel and fresh cut cedar (as affect of roast). The cup has a heavy dose of citrus all along the roast spectrum, with City roasts boasting pink lemonade, grapefruit juice, and honey tangerine. It solid, sweet, and with an absolutely bright acidity. Fruit juice flavors build as the coffee cools, and layers of stone fruit nectar, blackberry syrup, fruit punch, and more vie for 'pole position'. And acidity is amazing really, citric and bright, cutting through even at Full City roast level. Dark roasts are nothing short of delicious with tons of toasted sugar and spice along with an array of pulpy citrus flavors. Kirinyaga is a definite conversation starter as brewed coffee, and will sparkle as SO espresso. We're talking wild side, sweet berry flavors, and bright highs notes. It's a very nice start to the season!