Kenya Kirinyaga Karimikui AA
This is an AA preparation, which refers to bean size. Karimikui is one of the 'factories' (the Kenyan name for a washing station or wet mill that processes coffee fruit) of the Rugento Farmers Cooperative Society, which is in the town of Embu. We have bought some amazing lots from this station in the past as well, and I think this ranks up with the best. The name seems so Asian, Karimikui from Kirinyaga! And it is a classic Kenya tongue twister, in name and in flavor.
The complexity of this Karimikui AA is apparent in the aromatics, with a smell of tropical fruits and guava, coming up off the dry grounds. Darker roasts have fresh ginger and spice. This carries over in the wet aromatics, with deep sweetness of fleshy stone fruit, Medjool dates and fig pudding, with fresh cedar in darker roasts. The cup is classic Kenya. There are layered notes of sweet citrus, which are expressed in flavor and acidity. Light roasts have lemony citrus with lots of caramel and fruit - orange marmalade, and green grape. Full City roasts are very syrupy and taste of ripe orange and butterscotch, finishing with a tangy bittersweet. Dark fruits really show at the City+/Full City roast range, with lots of concord grape juice and fresh fig. Karimikui is a great brewed coffee and will do well from light (expressing citrus aspects) to dark (expressing dark fruits, sugar development, citrus).
Karimikui AA is classic Kenya cup, layered notes of sweet citrus in both flavor and acidity. Lemony citrus, orange marmalade, green grape, and syrupy butterscotch sweetness, with a tangy bittersweet finish.