I'm really enjoying the Kenyan coffees this year. The taste always reminds me a bit of fall with dark fruits like currant and fig. The fig part is a little funny since my grandparents had fig trees and we used to get them in the summer, not the fall. However, I still think of the taste as a fall taste.
Until this year I didn't think I liked Kenyan coffees. The ones I had previously tried were either overly bright - like drinking astringent - or overly roasted with the whole licking a bbq grill experience. I'm glad I gave them another go because the ones I've had lately have been wonderful.
When I made my first cup of this coffee (Aeropress) I drank it while working on the computer. I was sitting there writing an email when I kept noticing a sweet smell. I wasn't wearing perfume, there wasn't anything cooking and I hadn't changed out the wax melts recently...I couldn't place where this aroma was coming from. then I realized it was my coffee. It was a pretty nice scent!
That sweetness carries through from the aroma to the taste. With the V60 and Kalita I got a bright, grapefruit acidity up front and then a dark sweetness right behind that. The brightness also reminded me of that dried pineapple in a bag of dried fruit. Concentrated sweetness that is bright and happy. I was going to write bubbly but that just seemed wrong when describing a dried fruit. For the sweetness think honey and raisins, fig, some current a hint of spice. The spice was there in the aroma too.
It had a nice strong body and a long sweet finish that really lingered.
In the Aeropress the fruit tastes were more pronounced and the acidity was still bright, but less so. I also picked up a bit more of the spice taste when I used the AeroPress.
Sharing the who is also nice. I like when I can read about the people behind the coffee. Grover reminds me of a lighter version of my Dennis - who also risks his life protecting us from the UPS man and is terrified of the coffee grinder.
The Flight Coffee website also has information on coffee varietals and is overall a good read. Check it out!
Just wish they had mugs. I do like mugs!