Friday June 12th 2015
We have two coffees from East Africa for this installment of the bi-weekly roasted coffee subscription. I like to choose at least one coffee we describe as "approachable", this time around the Certified Organic Uganda Cheema Kapchorwa fitting the bill.
The Cheema Kapchorwa has good overall body and sweetness as well as very low acidity. It is a great coffee for folks who don't usually go for the fruity and floral tastes in other African coffees and more similar to a Central American coffee. I roasted it to a Full City level in order to develop more sweetness. This cup has flavors of dark cacao, roasted nut, raw honey, and vanilla. It's something that everyone in the household can enjoy.
I also do my best to choose a second coffee that has a little more to it. Whether it is in the acidity or sweetness or just an interesting origin, I look for something that might peak a bit more interest for the avid coffee drinker in the house. The Kivu Kanzu from Rwanda fills this second slot. I chose to roast this coffee to a City+ roast level. This coffee reminds me of black tea with a twist of lemon and a little honey stirred in. The citrus acidity also has a hint of green melon as it settles on my palate and there is a bit of caramelized sugar in the finish. This is a well balanced cup.
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