Tasting Notes: Cherry, Rose, Lemon

Tasting Notes: Cherry, Rose, Lemon

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AB Karimikui

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Kirinyaga, Kenya


Variety: SL28, SL34

Processing: Washed

Origin: Kirinyaga, Kenya

Producers: Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society

Altitude: 1650m

Cup Score (Importer): 88

Farmers in Cooperative: 600

This lot comes to us from the Karimikui Coffee Factory in Kirinyaga, Kenya - operated by the Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society. The Karimikui Factory was set up in 1966 and processes coffee from the villages of Githureia, Gituba and Kiamugumo. The main crop in the area is tea, but it's a perfect climate for coffee and many small-holders produce some SL28 and SL34 cherry that gets brought to the factory for processing. Cherries are hand-sorted for defects before pulping, after which they're sorted into Kenya's different size grades. Drying takes place on raised beds over 21 days, tended and covered during the warmest parts of the day. The result is a lot of AB coffee that's bright and exciting, perfect for sharing with the club.

Washed Kenyan coffees are known for their brightness and lively flavors - and this lot brings all that history to the table. A juicy cherry note lends the brew some tartness and sweetness, while a very nice rose flavor softens things up and provides a delightful floral aroma. There's a touch of lemon acidity as well, which keeps the brew punchy and well-balances, making for a cup that's overall crisp and bright. This Kenyan coffee is a great change of pace if you've been enjoying more Central American coffees lately - but don't delay. We only snagged a single bag of this lot - and we're betting that it will go fast!

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4.5 out of 5

Tasty and Interesting

Well-balanced Kenyan with interesting high-notes. Not as high in acid as some Africans can be, and certainly nothing pucker-inducing. This one is a pleaser.

Ethan R


Member Since

October '15

Nice balance for a coffee from Kenya

Really nice balance between acidity, fruit, and sweetness. I've made it in both a Chemex and a Siphon and found the Chemex to offer the most balance with the Siphon's cup hitting really hard. Both were very very good depending on your mood. Really nice.

Sam Decock


Member Since

July '18

4.0 out of 5

Loved this one!

OK, the tasting notes might not have included caramel, but I tasted a pleasant caramel finish to my sips. A very drinkable coffee--I enjoyed it quite a bit. Hope to get this one again.

On 08/09/20 Gregg Gusta said

hey neighbor

On 08/10/20 J. Fox said

HI there! Good to see a neighbor with great taste in coffee. Now if I could just convince my husband that light roast is far superior to dark roast...

J. Fox

High Point

Member Since

June '14

5.0 out of 5

this is the best one I have had

berry flavors are amazing. i hope they get this again, I will be all over it.

Gregg Gusta


Member Since

February '19