The Kibugu Farmer's Co-op is a large group of farmers growing coffee in Embu County on Mt. Kenya. They processed this coffee at the Gicherori Factory coffee mill. It is a washed process coffee made up primarily of SL-28 and SL-34 variteals. They are AA sized large beans, well sorted, and easy to roast.
We were recommended this lot from an importer who originally was from Kenya and has great connections there. He sent us a sample, and we were hooked. Kenya isn't having a GREAT year, but this one is as good as it gets. With its sparkling acidity, tart juicy currant and berry undertones, it's definitely not an "everyday coffee." You know you've got something special in your mug.
This is a fairly forgiving bean to roast, as you can use a variety of roasting curves and ending temperatures and still get a nice result. Although it does make a nice French Roast, I usually keep this one light. What I try for is slightly more than a City roast, but not quite a Full City roast. This is a coffee with a lot of layers of flavor complexity. It's smoother and sweeter than some Kenyas, but slightly shorter roasts will boost the acidity level while slightly longer roasts boost the sweetness. You may notice flashes of flavor that include grape jam, blackberry, red wine, peach, and grapefruit. It is a sophisticated and wonderful mug of coffee.
US Arrival: August 2017
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