The cup has mild honeysuckle floral notes and delicate acidity at all roast levels. There's a bit of black tea dryness in the finish at City+ and Full City. While not being a more "showy" Kenya, it's refinement makes for an approachable and enjoyable cup. City to Full City+.
This coffee works through a wide roast range, but is one of the few Kenyas I enjoyed more at darker roast levels than the screaming bright City roast. Full City and Full City+ have nice balance, and sweet berry notes.
Kiunyu is one of two coffee "factories" of the Karithathi Farmer Cooperative Society in Kianyaga town, Kirinyaga district of the Kenya highlands. A factory is a wet mill in Kenya vernacular, where to cooperative farmers bring their coffee cherry fruit for processing. The fact is, in blind cupping we found that both of the Karithathi coops, Kiunyu and the other one, Kabingara, were just excellent this year. Kiunyu is situated at 1644 meters, and serves farmers in the villages of Kianduma, Kiambuku, Kiambatha, Gature and Kiamuki. Its membership currently stands at 1100, making it one of the larger coops in the area, quite near the protected forests of Mount Kenya. The region has deep, fertile well drained red volcanic soils which are ideal for coffee production. The farms in the area are planted with the SL-34 Kenya Bourbon varietal. It was a very competitive year in the Kenya auctions, and the prices reflected the high demand for a much smaller than average harvest. We found many great coffees from the Kirinyaga district, and were pretty excited with the quality of this lot from Kiunyu.
There is a sweet blackberry syrup in the dry fragrance on Full City, with caramel roast scents as well. At City roast the dry fragrance has mild citrus, malt, and shows more floral citrus on the wet aroma. There's a muted brightness on the break, with wild honey and graham cracker at Full City. The warm cup has a mild honeysuckle floral, and the floral notes really dominate as there's a very delicate acidity at all roast levels. There's a bit of black tea dryness in the finish at City+ and Full City. As the cup cools, some of the blackberry sweetness from the dry fragrance emerges, but with more of a cooked berry character without any tartness where the sugars are more prominent than the brightness. In the cool cup the crisp dryness in the finish at City level has a delicate pomegranate sweetness and acidity that's very pleasant. But for me Full City to Full City+ was such a nice sippin' coffee- balanced, sweet berry, more body. While not being a more "showy" Kenya, it's refinement makes for an approachable and enjoyable cup.