100% Single Origin Speciality Arabica SCA 85
Taste Notes : Bright / Sweet Fruits
Roast : Medium
Process : Washed & Sundried
Altitude : 1700 - 1800m
Varietals : SL28 & Ruiru 11
Region : Tatu
Kenya produce some of the world’s most distinctive coffees and this little beauty is a superb, rich, flavourful example. A highly prized Zawadi coffee, purely peaberry beans, grown in the high-altitude plateaus of Kenya. Only a small percentage of coffee beans grown are peaberries and this unique type are created when only one seed inside the berry germinates and grows into a single oval bean, rather than two flat faced sides. Expect an intensely fruity acidity with big flavours of rhubarb and red berry jammy sweetness.
Delivery came quickly, nicely packaged and low cost but Peaberry a little dull - perhaps not too freshly roasted?
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We have narrowed our coffee selection to 3 main ones - the wife likes this one best so we get it, however, I find it a little hollow compared to my favourites which are Continental and Monsoon Malabar. Just shows that all the flavours are very personal, as some coffees which get great reviews, I really didn't like at all.
I've had a thing for peaberry beans ever since my friend sent me a surprise gift of a Rwandan (I think batch). Now, I've not tried a lot of them but they're just always so darn fruity! My favourite. Jam in a cup. Now this one is perhaps not as jammy as others I've tasted, but still it is delicious. It's smooth and full, sweet and rich with a little dash of lightness. More like a peach than a plum but still in that berry/plummy/fruity-camp. Easy drinking and not so niche a flavour that a guest would be confused by it... And the beans themselves are ever so cute and dinky. Peaberries are fascinating that way. By the way I make my brew in a V60 with reusable filters; it's easy and I like the clean extraction, I'd recommend it to anyone.
I have been a customer since the Pannier Market days, and very early on Mike suggested that, as I like a milder coffee, Kenya Zawadi Peaberry was the one for me, and he was right; I have been buying it ever since, two kilos at a time!