Layers of dark berry, black currant, cooked blackberry, syrupy with a snappy dryness in the finish. Satiny mouthfeel, intense and sustained brightness, balanced with body and sweetness. Overall, this is a very unique Kenya flavor profile. City+ to Full City+.
Ngunguru is one of three "factories" that form the Tekangu Farmers Cooperative Society. A factory is a wet mill in Kenya that serves a particular micro-region. Ngunguru is interesting in that it has member farmers from both the Mt. Kenya slope and the Aberdare zone. It serves farmers of the sub-location in Kirimukuyu with the Aberdare on one side and Mt. Kenya on the other. It's a beautiful location, averaging 1700 meters or more, and the wildlife list I have for the area lists snakes, deer, hare, weaverbirds, owl and hawks. I'll have to look for a weaverbird next time I am there. Tekangu is a really nice coop, with Tegu and Karagoto being the other 2 factories, and often nice coffees as well. This lot arrived in 2011 (current crop for Kenya) and has been in undisturbed hermetic vacuum packs to preserve cup quality.
This is a very interesting lot of Ngunguru, a potent heavyweight. I found it amazingly sweet in a rustic kind of way. The dry fragrance has raisin, chocolate-cocoa nibs, molasses. On the wet aroma these notes intensify, showing a more dark berry sweetness, Muscavado sugar, a burly rustic cup (for a Kenya). The warm cup has juicy black cherry quality and a clear, satiny body. The slightly darker roasts work best with this Ngunguru, City+ at a minimum, Full City ideally, and if you like a more pungent cup, Full City+. There are layers of dark berry notes here, black currant, cooked blackberry, and a syrupy finish with a bit of snappy dryness just at the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is folded satin. There's an intense and sustained brightness, yet it's a very well balanced with body and sweetness. Overall, this is a very unique Kenya flavor profile.