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The warm cup has cherry and pineapple notes and tangerine acidity complimented by the brightness of slightly under-ripe peaches. There is an incredibly creamy mouthfeel at all roast levels. As the cup cools there's some floral clove. City+ to Full City.
Kangunu Farmers Cooperative Society is located about 140 km North West of Nairobi in Murang'a North district of the Central Province. I had bought this coffee in the past, but we don't often focus on Murang'a lots because they are often a bit less dynamic in the cup than Nyeri region coffees. But the Murang'a area is a rich agricultural oasis on the slopes of the Aberdare Mountains. Kangunu is at 1740 meters, endowed with rich volcanic soils that are deep, well drained and have much organic material; perfect for coffee. This was an outstanding coffee from last years crop, so we were hoping to find a great Kangunu again for 2011. In blind cupping, we did, and some Peaberry lots as well. This coffee was bought outside the auction, via the direct trade mechanism in Kenya, called oddly the "Second Window" because in fact it allows one to pull a coffee from the auction listings and buy it first! With this, you can negotiate a price with the coop that they are sure is better than anything possible in the auction. This purchase offers a direct reward to the cooperative for producing a great lot, and incentive to do it again, which we have 2 years running.
The dry Fragrance shows bergamot floral and sweet red coffee fruit, with some sweet clove spice on the wet aroma. The break on the cup at a City roast level has mild melon that's more cherry-like at City+. The warm cup has cherry and pineapple notes and tangerine acidity complimented by the brightness of slightly under-ripe peaches. There is an incredibly creamy mouthfeel at all roast levels. As the cup cools there's some floral clove in the City+ roast. The dry fragrance and break on the Full City roast shows a lot of roastiness, but the cup is very sweet with black cherry and a thick syrupy body, showing none of the roastiness from the fragrance.