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. I can't be sure of this, but I know what I taste. In this case, this PB lot seemed to cup a bit brighter and more dynamic than comparable lots. This is a good thing, but unfortunately it's only 14 bags. 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.
This lot of Karimikui Peaberry has so much to offer aromatically and in the cup, laden with caramel and apple, along with a scent of raspberry, red currants, and 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 an effect 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 blackberry syrup, fruit punch, and more vie for 'pole position'. And acidity is outstanding 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 if you can handle a bright shot. We're talking wild side, sweet berry flavors, and bright highs. It's a very nice start to the season!