region: Nyeri District, Kenya
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Barichu Farmers Cooperative
elevation: 1700 – 1800
cultivars: SL28, SL34
process: fully washed, raised bed dried
The aroma of the Kenya Barichu is absolutely stunning, and I can’t help but be intoxicated by it. My honest reaction to the aroma was my eyelids closing to conceal my eyes rolling into the back of my head and I let out a deep, gratified sigh as bright, tropical fruits, lush florals, and sweet sugars invaded my nostrils. Pear, grapefruit, citrus, and milk chocolate…
The flavor follows the nose. The coffee is on the lighter side of a medium body and features a lush, juicy texture that gushes over my palate. Juicy and lively flavors of pear, apple, papaya, and a mellow grapefruit acidity splash on my tongue. The coffee doesn’t have much clarity, up front—all of these flavors are sort of muddled together; but it makes the coffee seem that much more like a fruit punch. As the coffee cools, however, the clarity improves. This phase of the cup also introduces flavors of chocolate milk and Meyer lemon, and black tea and lavender aromatics that play out through the finish.
New Harvest Coffee Roasters’s Kenya Barichu Karatina AA is a highly satisfying cup of coffee.
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