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From the Nyeri area, a very bright, dynamic Kenya flavor profile; rindy citrus orange scent, pleasantly dry mouthfeel, bracing brightness, floral jasmine notes, complex layers of flavor, Green Sencha tea, slightly herbal, tannic with unique sweet note of Stevia leaf. 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 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. But this is the lot that really impressed me. The dry fragrance has a spicy sweetness, with traces of vanilla and bing cherry. Later roasts I tested delivered a very sweet peach preserves fruit note. The wet aroma has citrus blossom, candy-like sweetness. It's quite intense! My lightest roasts of this coffee cupped out with such a dynamic, bright flavor profile, you feel like you just received that rindy squirt of citrus oil as you peel an orange. There's a tight, pleasantly dry mouthfeel ... bracing is a good description for this. Even while hot, floral notes are evident, a strong jasmine flavor. It's not a super sweet coffee, but quite complex. In later roasts I did, the jasmine quality was more like green Sencha tea flavor, slightly herbal, tannic and bracing, and had a very interesting sweetness like Stevia (the very sweet-leafed herb). It's a stand out lot in a year of stand outs! Amazingly for a coffee this bright, we pulled some amazing SO espresso shots with it!