Kenya Peaberry Kabare Karani
This single estate Peaberry scored incredibly well this year and for good reason. It's well balanced and full bodied with a smooth, silky texture. Look for decadent flavors of green apple, peach and grapefruit.
Arrival Date: October 26th, 2018
Acidity & Brightness: Slightly crisp front end, winey sweetness
Balance & Finish: Great balance, dry, tannic finish
Body & Texture: Full bodied, silky texture
Flavors: Green apple, peach and grapefruit
Grade: Peaberry, Grown at 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 most of it's brightness. This coffee roasts very evenly.
Reminder: This Coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Our Review: The Kabari Cooperative Society has over 12,000 members and oversees 11 washing stations around Kabare in the Gichugu Division of Kirinyaga. This specific washing station, Karani, works with more than 600 members of the larger cooperative and processes over 450,000 kilograms of coffee cherry each year. The washing station is named for the owners of the farm that was on the land now occupied by the washing station.
Kenyan coffees are usually well known for a wine-like tannic quality to the profile. When this quality is pronounced (as is typically the case in large AA beans), you can't miss it! Some folks really like this tannic quality and some folks can't stand it. That's where this peaberry comes in: it's got the same great balance and crisp front end you expect from a great Kenyan coffee but with a much more subdued tannic finish. In this case, it's got more in common with a white wine than a red with notes of green apple, peach and grapefruit. It's a high scoring auction pick and with good reason!