Kenya AA Nzaini Co-op
This top grade AA comes to us from the Nzaini Co-op Society and showcases the best Kenyan coffee has to offer. Exceedingly well balanced and bright with notes of pear, grapefruit, hibiscus and raspberry.
Arrival Date: January 18th, 2019
Acidity & Brightness: Bright and crisp front end, delicate sweetness
Balance & Finish: Exceptional balance, dry finish
Body & Texture: Full bodied, silky texture
Flavors: Pear, grapefruit, hibiscus and raspberry
Grade: AA, Grown at 1400-1800 masl
Processing: Fully Washed, shade grown, hand picked, sun dried on raised tables
Varietals: Kenya SL28 and SL34
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 some of it's brightness. This coffee roasts very evenly.
Reminder: This Coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Our Review: The Nzaini Co-op Society is based in Machakos County and is made up of about 546 members, each of whom delivers their harvested cherry to the central wet mill in Nzaini. The cooperative has a total of about 260 hectares of coffee in production, and is part of the larger Kikima cooperative group, which has about 3,280 members in total. This lot goes through very selective harvesting, with cherries delivered to the wet mill immediately after harvesting is done. Coffee is sorted at the mill, then pulped and washed. The Nzaini wet mill produces about 16 metric tons of green coffee per year.
This delightful coffee is a bit lighter on the tannic, winey qualities we usually get from Kenya AAs, but it's so delicious you won't even notice! Think of it as a bit more gentle than in your face. It's exceptionally well balanced with a crisp, bright front end and silky body. The sweetness is subtle but certainly there with notes of pear, grapefruit, hibiscus and raspberry. Finally, look for a dry finish, here is where you'll notice the tannic quality the most.