Tambaya is a complex cup, with an array of fruit and tea notes (both herb and black). Citrus notes come through in the cooled cup, Naval orange, pomello, and lime-aid. Apple and berry also come through, and give off an aspect of sparkling lambic. Acidity is bracing all the way through to the finish. City to Full City. SO Espresso.
Tambaya is one of the Coffee Factories (wet-mills that are organized as cooperatives) within the Rumukia Coffee Farmer Society in Karatina area of Nyeri. Tambaya is close to Mukurwe-ini, and was formerly part of this society until it fell apart in the '90s. Within the same Rumukia group are some other fantastic farms we have offered in the past: Kiawamururu, Gatura, and Thunguri to name a few. The area of Tambaya is 1550 meter altitude, in the fertile foothills of Mt. Kenya and Aberdare ranges. The Tambaya coop has 1093 members and the average number of coffee trees per member is just 250. Again, in Kenya coffee "societies" the farmer's plots are so small, they are measured in numbers of trees, not in area of land as they are in other coffee origins. But this means that co-ops provide micro-management of every coffee tree by the owner of the land, not by a large-scale agriculture operation like the big estates of Kiambu or Thika. The member farmers have the two preferred coffee varieties under cultivation, SL-28 and SL-34, with the vast majority of trees being SL-28.
Tambaya cup with elegance, clean expressions of fruit and spice, from the ground coffee to the final sips. The dry fragrance is bursting with a smell of orange juice and floral tea. City/City+ roasts harness such a honeyed sweetness and are speckled with cardamom and ginger spices. There's a note of bergamot in the wet aroma, with heavy scent of citrus and vanilla, rhubarb, and golden raisin. Breaking the crust releases a pleasing note of dark sugars and lime, affording us a nice preview to Tambaya's cup profile. This coffee is complex, with a multitude of fruited notes revolving around a pleasing flavor of both herbal and black teas. The citrus aspects in the cup are outstanding, and with refined sweetness and clarity - like Naval orange, pomello, and lime-aid. As Tambaya cools, the cup takes on a flavor of apple tea, and with berry notes that boast the refreshing aspects of a sparkling lambic. This coffee has an acidic pop to it with bracing citrus that follows through to the finish. Earl Grey tea hangs back long into the aftertaste as well as a note of orange juice. This is a great cup from City to Full City, and would probably handle darker shades of Full City+ as well, being of the large bean outturn. Kenya coffees can make really quite interesting shots of espresso with saturated flavors of core profile characteristics.