Amazingly sweet, very candy-like with melon and peach, cranberry-raspberry juice character as it cools, a syrupy finish with a bit of snappy dryness just at the aftertaste. There's an intense and sustained brightness, yet it's a very well balanced with body and sweetness. 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. The AB indicates bean size of 15-17 and not a quality grade. (15-17 refers to 64ths of an inch in size, so 15 means 15/64ths). AB coffees can get looked over because of the misconception that it's a grade indication, but many of the most exciting coffee from Kenya that I've had have been AB grade. This lot arrived in July and has been in undisturbed hermetic vacuum packs to preserve cup quality.
Tom and Chris cupped this coffee separately and rated it very high. Chris wrote, "I've always tried to figure out exactly what made up the classic bubblegum gum flavor, It seems to me like it's a cross between cherry and mango, and of course tons of sugar. On the dry grounds of this AB coffee from Ngunguru factory there's a potent classic bubblegum fragrance, very sweet and very much cherry and mango". Tom found it amazingly sweet in a different way, very candy-like, melon and peach. On the wet aroma these notes intensify, showing a more floral and vanilla character, and similar fruit candy notes on the break. The warm cup has juicy black cherry quality and a clear, satiny body. There's the mango and a floral fruit note with spice accent, guava with some clove in the warm Full City cup. At City roast there's an intense cranberry-raspberry juice character as it cools, a syrupy finish with a bit of snappy dryness just at the aftertaste. City+ seems to represent the best of this coffee, and a more tartaric, flame grape note present at this level, cooling to a flowery tropical fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel is folded satin, layered but very clean and silky. There's an intense and sustained brightness, yet it's a very well balanced with body and sweetness.