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It was tough to find a Kenya with the taste profile and vast complexity we look for. Of this year's Kenya offerings, we found a lot of grapefruit, a lot of lime; but where is the red wine and blackberry? Well, finally narrowed it down to three, and then of those three, this one was the clear winner. It is strictly SL-28 varietal beans, which are the hardest to grow but are the absolute best tasting Kenyans, and it is strictly the large AA sized beans, and as a result, it tastes phenomenal: full body, red wine, blackberry, orange, dry finish. This is the late 2014 crop and just came into the US in 9/2014. The Jungle Estate has a long track record of churning out highly rated coffees, and it is environmentally conscious. It's under the Nyeri umbrella which is the closest thing to Fair Trade that Kenya has right now. We got it through La Minita which wouldn't put their name on it unless it was best of the best. So yeah, we did the homework and the testing and the sorting out, and this is the Kenya you should be drinking. It's pricey, but you definitely are getting your money's worth on this one.
I'm roasting it maybe 30 seconds past 1st cracks on a drum roaster. 399 degrees bean temp. Slight canned peaches, and then that turns into berries, red wine, hint of grains, and finishes dry and clean. It flashes between tart and sweet and grabs your attention the whole way through.
However, this bean holds up nicely as a medium roast, I would recommend dumping it right before the 2nd cracks start. And it also holds up nicely as a dark roast, I would give it 15-20 seconds into the rolling 2nd cracks.
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