Brian Beyke

Cartel Coffee Lab - Kiang'ombe Kenya - Mistobox - January 2014

Brian Beyke

The Fall and Winter months certainly brought about a lot of Kenya brews for me.  It seemed like every other coffee I had was blasting my tongue with acidity and only a moderate amount of change through the cup.  Don’t get me wrong, I was lucky enough to run across some incredibly good Kenyas though.  Some of them, Cartel’s Kiang'ombe even, had a profile fitting for this transition back into the peak months of Ethiopian crop.  Mistobox picked this selection as a ‘salutations’ to 2013, and a 'hello’ to 2014.  

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Details:

Roaster: Cartel Coffee Lab

Region/Farm: Kiang'ombe

Origin: Gichugu, Kirinyaga District, Kenya

Process: Fully washed

Varieties: SL-28, SL 34, Ruiru 11

Elevation: 1,700 - 1,950m

Brew Method:

Clever | 34g © to 493g (w) | 3:35 then drop | 200 degrees

First sips had a bright acidity in the front of the mouth.  There was a really pleasing fruity sweetness.  I am pretty sure their tasting note of peach was right on, a welcomed flavor in a Kenyan coffee.  

The coffee opens up to a really nice cup that reminds me a lot of Ethiopia Kemgin that I had tried last year.  Citrus notes seem to be showing up along with a silky finish and lingering sweetness.

For some reason I am reminded of leather in the finish which interests me.  Perhaps a touch of tomato in the finish as well.  The cup is juicier as it grows cooler, reminiscent of jelly.  

It becomes a little more tea-like.  Fruitied black tea, lemon, and floral notes really jump in the end of the cup.  

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These Kenya offerings that change in the middle and end unexpectedly like an Ethiopian coffee are quite fun to find.  With all the Kenyas I tried over the past few months, it’s a welcomed shift for my taste buds from being inundated with grapefruit and blood orange.  

Sweet, aromatic, long finish 

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