Kenya AA Maywal Estate
This single estate AA is as classic as they come. Big notes of red wine, grapefruit and lime, it's slightly crisp with a dry, tannic finish.
Arrival Date: November 22nd, 2019
Acidity & Brightness: Slightly crisp front end, fruity
Balance & Finish: Great balance, dry, tannic finish
Body & Texture: Full bodied, silky texture
Flavors: Red wine, grapefruit and lime
Grade: AA, grown at 1950 masl
Processing: Fully Washed, shade grown, hand picked, sun dried on raised tables
Varietals: Batian, Kenya SL28, Ruiru 11
Roasting: Start with a City + (Light-medium) and feel free to try Full City (Medium). Kenyan coffees are famous for their crisp acidity and dark roasting will mute that. However, if you prefer, this coffee may be carried into a Full City Plus and still retain a lot of body and most of it's brightness. This coffee roasts very evenly.
Reminder: This Coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Our Review: First a bit of background: The Maakiou estate, also known as Maywal Estate, was established by a Greek couple Mammatas and Apostolos during the precolonial period. The name rooted its origin from the initials of the couple (MAA) AND KIU (KIOU) River which neighbors the farm.
This fantastic coffee is a classic example of everything a Kenya AA should be. The crisp, citrusy front end gives way to a big, bold body with a silky smooth texture. The flavors are well balanced and sweet with a dry, tannic finish. The defining feature, however, has to be the red wine flavor and this coffee's got it in spades. For a true taste of classically defined Kenyan coffee, the connoisseur need look no further!