Intense cran-raspberry juice character, syrupy body, hints of that aggressive tongue-turning Kenya brightness in the cup, but with layers of refined sweet fruit flavors. Intense and sustained brightness, offset by sweetness, melon and grilled pineapple in the finish. A powerhouse profile and a very limited peaberry lot. City to 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 brings has member farmers from both the Mt. Kenya slope and the Aberdare zone: It serves farmers of Thiu sub-location in Kirimukuyu in with the Aberdare on one side and Mt. Kenya on the other. It's a beautiful location, averaging 1700 meters, and the wildlife list I have for the vicinity 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 is part of a particular "out turn" from the dry mill that we thought was really spectacular, and we bought all the export grades from it. The parchment lot comes into the mill, is hulled into one "out turn" and is then separated into the different grades based on size and shape, AA, AB, Peaberry, etc. The peaberry is especially intense and exotic when cupped side by side with the cleaner, milder AA and AB screen sizes.
On the dry grounds of this AB coffee from Ngunguru factory there's a potent fruit juice blend, with tropical and red fruit combined, cherry, red apple, lychee, rambutan, dark berry. On the wet aroma these notes intensify, showing a little more floral character with the blackberry on the break. There are also many sweet caramelization scents; toffee, cream, milk chocolate, vanilla. The warm cup is juicy black cherry and currant, and a clear syrupy body. At City roast there's an intense cran-raspberry juice character as it cools, a syrupy finish with a bit of snappy dryness just at the aftertaste. It has hints of that aggressive tongue-turning Kenya brightness in the cup, but with layers of refined sweet fruit flavors. There's an intense and sustained brightness, but offset by sweetness and hefty body. In the long aftertaste there is melon and grilled pineapple. It's the kind of powerhouse flavor profile we look to Kenya to provide, an a very limited peaberry lot.