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Kenya AA - Wagumuga

July 8, 2008
Bob

This coffee was roasted in a PID'd Sirocco "fluid bed" hot air roaster and was cupped blind against three other coffees including a control sample. After cupping, it was tasted as a brewed coffee and an espresso extraction. For more information on my sample roaster and method, see our reference page.

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"Wagumuga" - I just love the way that sounds! But more to the point, this South-Central Kenyan auction lot coffee, harvested in 2007, is still an outstanding coffee today. I had fun with this one and tried it in every way possible for me - espresso drinks, French press, vacuum pot, drip and formal cupping, dark-roasted, light-roasted - it's just bullet proof - a great coffee at every turn. Nothing seems to phase it.

In the cup, it's layer upon layer of flavors - molasses, honey and caramel, savory spices, cedar, and for fruit, berry-dominated with some cherry and citrus as well.
It goes a bit winey upon cooling but really - only a bit, not like many other Kenyan coffees that are almost undrinkable when they cool off. It's medium bodied with lively acidity, and a very long, sweet finish. What more could one ask for from a Kenyan coffee?

Dry Fragrance: 4.6
Wet Aroma: 4.7
Flavor: 7.9
Finish: 7.8
Acidity: 7.8
Body: 7.7
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TOTAL (subtotal + 50): 90.5

  • Lighter Roasts: For enjoying everthing this coffee has to offer.
  • Darker Roasts: The mid-tones dominate - molasses, chocolate and caramel with fruit and spice still present and enjoyable.
  • As Espresso: Great balance of fruit, spice and chocolate. Makes a good SO shot and an even better cappuccinno.

 

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