Small Estates has an aroma of raspberry chocolate syrup, notes of apple tea, all-spice berry, rice syrup, and lemon-like brightness. Full City and beyond produce heavy chocolate tones too. City+ to Full City+. Good Kenya espresso.
This "Small Estates" coffee is a blend of "AA" screen size coffees from a couple different coffee farms in Nyeri County. Unlike "factories", where hundreds to thousands of farmer members deliver their coffee to a central washing station where it is then processed and blended, these farms are generally many hectares in size, and independently operated. AA refers to the screen size of the coffee, measured in 1/64ths of an inch, AA being the largest (also AB, Peaberry, and C screen sizes). Due to the size of the seed, I let my roasts roll a few added seconds beyond my normal target roast times in order to allow for the better roast evenness from inside to outer layer. This is a perfect option This coffee was purchased direct, not through the Kenya auction system, which helps us avoid the risk of losing it.
The dry fragrance of our lightest roast (City) showed a fair amount of citrus smells, orange and tangerine, underscored by a maltose-like sweetness. The latter aspect is strengthened in the wet aromatics, and a scent of orange and milk chocolate comes up in the steam, along with an accent of spiced-apple tea. Full City roasts boost bittersweet chocolate smells, and a nice scent of raspberry chocolate syrup. In the brewed coffee, there are undoubtedly strong spiced accents, all-spice berry and whole clove, and lemon infused tea shimmers (both flavor and acidity). The cooled cup unearths an unrefined sweetness, somewhere between rice syrup and fresh pressed cane juice, that settles in nicely with the lemon-like brightness. The cup profile of our Full City roast had dark chocolate and blueberry notes, kind of like blueberry yogurt covered cocoa beans. Roasts near (or at) 2nd snaps tone down the acidity quite a bit, and espresso shots have faint flavors of juicing oranges and blueberry, with an underlying and resonant dark chocolate torte flavor, and a lemon balm accent in the finish.