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Cappojim's Kupa Kenee Kenya Nyeri Karuthi AA, 15 oz.

Cappojim's Kupa Kenee Kenya Nyeri Karuthi AA, 15 oz.
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This coffee is from the Karuthi Factory, a washing station more or less. Karuthi is one of 19 washing stations that make up the Othaya Farmer's Coopertive Society, a coop-run organization. There are roughly 400 members of Karuthi, with coffee being grown as high as 2300 meters above sea level. The mill itself is located near the Chinga river in the Abedare mountains, not far from the Chinga mill (another mill we bought outstanding coffees from last year). Othaya started in the mid-1950s, ballooning from 250 original members to 15,000 strong today. Altitude of the washing station is just shy of 1900 meters, and you mostly see SL-28 and SL-34, along with a little Ruiru mixed in. We keep returning to the societies who regularly produce some of the best Kenya coffees we see, and each year we come across coffees new to us - like Karuthi - and this list continues to grow. 

Citrus notes both sweet and tart are up front in Karuthi, sensed all along our cup test. The dry fragrance of City+ roasts smells like candied orange peel, with a butter toffee cookie smell, and orange juice pulp to a lesser extent. The wet aroma has a holiday fruit cake smell, candied orange and cherry, molasses-sweet bread loaf, and baking spice providing subtle contrast. The cup has a juiciness to it, flavor notes of cherry and pineapple juices in our City+ roast, with orange honey glaze, and cranberry sauce accents. A citric brightness cuts through, adding a complex backbone to the cup, and complimenting citrus top notes like Orange Julius drink and bittersweet orange rind. Taking roast development toward Full City brings about darker toned fruit flavors, like grape and red tropical punch, and with deep cocoa tones in accompaniment. I found this coffee's 'sweet spot' to be in the City+ to Full City range, where dark sugar and complex fruited flavors find equal footing, and citric brightness makes for a punchy cup.

 Cupping credit: Tom Owen. Processing is Wet; Varietal: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru-11, Appearance: 17-19 screen. (15 oz. bag)


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