Kenya Nyeri Ichamama AA


Gold Label
Pineapple – Fruit Punch – Intense
Origin Process
Kenya Washed
Varietal Elevation
SL 28 & 34 1800-2100m
This coffee is from the Ichamama Factory, a washing station near Karima Hill in Nyeri. The station was named after the Ichamama river which flows near enough to the station to be the source of water for processing coffee. Ichamama is one of 19 washing stations that make up the Othaya Farmer's Coopertive Society, a coop-run organization, and one of the older ones. Othaya started in the mid-1950s, ballooning from 250 original members to 15,000 strong today. Karima is one of the older of the group, erected in 1964, and currently with nearly 1,000 farmer members (and is one of the most productive of the 19). The station sits at about 1750 meters above sea level, and coffee is grown in the higher altitude areas surrounding it.

The dry fragrance when ground leaves little to the imagination. Berry and tropical smells come through clearly, as does baking spice smells, and a sugary sweet undercurrent. The wet aroma has a syrupy stone fruit smell to it, like the sugar syrup in canned peaches. Ichamama AA smells so sweet, and the complex fruit and spice notes are an accurate precursor to the coffee's flavor profile. When brewed hot this "mama" is like a blend of pineapple, orange, and berry juices. There's a slight bittering roasted coffee tone underneath it all, but in light of the fruited nature of the cup, comes off like citrus peel. As the coffee cools, more fruited notes unfold, cherry, raspberry, blood orange, passion fruit, and guava all were noted. As an ice drip this coffee is mind blowing and makes you think the cupping score of 92 is in fact too low......

Suggested music pairing "Bamako" Songhoy Blues

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