- Sept-Dec 2018
Kenya Tamu AB 2019
- UPS Flat
- 65lb Freshness
- Packed & Sealed
In Swahili the word, Tamu, means, Sweet. With its sweet, syrupy notes and rich mouthfeel this coffee is appropriately named.
Taylor Winch Coffee, our sister company in Kenya, carefully developed this blend of AB Coffees (16+ screen) from traceable sources to deliver us a classic Kenyan.
The coffee was grown and picked by smallholders and delivered to cooperative wet mills where it was disc pulped, fully fermented and washed, sundried on elevated drying tables. Consolidated parchment volumes were then delievred to dry mills where the parchment was hulled, graded according to size and density, and warehoused and warranted for sale.
I charged Kenya Tamu at 385 and hit turn around at 1:22 / 312f. The total roast time was 7 minutes, with yellowing happening at 300, which is where I adjusted from 20% air to 50% air and left the air alone to finish out the roast. First crack hit at 5:30 /423f and the roast ended at 7:00 / 428f. The curve of this coffee ran hotter than I wanted it to, and unfortunately let it get away. I should have reduced the gas earlier in the roast. Had I done that, this coffee would be even better.
Dark chocolate & molasses pop upon grinding. Once I broke the crust during our cupping session molasses gave way a nutty caramel. Chocolate and caramel were present during my first pass and an awesome syrupy-ness came through. Once the coffee cooled down, a pleasant orange flavor came through that really balanced the chocolate and caramel. This coffee would be great for folks new to Kenyan coffee. It gives you enough citrus acidity without heavy acidic flavors like grapefruit, lemon lime, or hibiscus. This coffee is really balanced and would be a great blender as well!
Roaster review by @thefivecoat
Small holders from Kiambu, Muranga, Nyeri, Embu, Kericho counties
SL28 and SL34 of Kent and Bourbon ancestry