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Kenya—Kormut FCS

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Tasting notes
Hard candy, lavender, some currant, nice acidity
Cupping Scorecard
85.75 / 100
General roasting guidelines
Good for Espresso
Region Details
Keiyo/Elgeyo, Marakwet County
Kormut Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS)
Kormut Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS)
Fully washed
Harvest Season / Year
1,500m (High)
Ruiru11, SL11

A word on Kenya coffee grades: Coffee is graded or classified in terms of bean size and quality in many countries, but no uniform system exists on an international scale. Most high quality Kenyas will be graded AA (screen size above 18), AB (screen size of 15 and 16) and PB (peaberries).

In general, the grading system is designed to classify quality, but this essentially works only insofar as bean size relates to quality — which it does, but not perfectly. Most high-altitude coffee matures more slowly so those beans tend to be denser and possess the best flavor profiles — and are larger. So, generally speaking, this type of grading is helpful, but again, not foolproof.

Very often, Kenya AB coffees will be brighter and exhibit more complexity than AA coffees. Coffees graded with an "E" in Kenya, are the largest "Elephant" beans, but exist only in very small lots and hard to find.

In any case, This Kenya is an AB coffee which we consider, Top Grade. It comes from the Kormut Farmer Cooperative Society ("FCS") in the former Rift Valley province of Kenya. This Keiyo/Marakwet area in Western Kenya near Uganda, is a relatively small area of coffee production and the elevation credit goes to the slopes of the beautiful, Mount Elgon. Elgon is is a dormant "shield volcano," a mountain that, because of more fluid lava, is spread out more widely in relation to its altitude and gets its designation from an upside down warrior shield.

This particular Farming Cooperative is currently made up of 120 female members and only 7 male members. The farm sits at an altitude between 1500m - 1800m and harvests Ruiru11 and SL11 varieties. This is a fully washed coffee and exhibits the traits one typically likes to see in a classic, top shelf Kenya.

Fragrance and aroma mingle somewhere between the fruity and the floral. But the taste in the cup is all fruit. Sweet and tangy with modest acidity, the coffee hints at old-fashioned lemondrop candy, but other more heady notes keep its complexity alive. A clean cup which easily remind us why Kenyas are so coveted.