Monday, June 15, 2020

Split Rail Coffee Kenya Kiaga Fair Trade in Review "An Almost Dreamy Comfort"

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Split Rail Coffee
Kenya Kiaga Fair Trade

ORIGIN: Kenya
PROCESS: Washed
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

WEBSITE: splitrailcoffee.com

NOTES:
Dark chocolate | Citrus | Berry

Bright but wine-like warmingly-so. Fuzzy yet clean delineations. A more-ish dark chocolate w/ pudgy fudgy undertones all its own. An array of roasted citrus notes: orange, lemon, lime -- a bit saline but not brackish. Fruits, then... a mixed berry syrup thing. Undertones of balsa wood & blanched almond. Earth, a tick peaty. A bit ruddy.

Complex and nuanced. Delineations do fuzz further upon cooling but also the sweet/bright interplay enhances between chocolate/citrus. This to the point of a Terry's Chocolate Orange ball. For all the sweetness & peach fuzziness, after a moderate finish of primary extension, it's quite clean. Almost refreshingly-so. The aroma is chocolatey earth, barnyard-like with a slight leathery attachment felt on the body.

Critically, I can say it flirts w/ being a bit broad on the tongue. The berries would be nicer if they distinguished themselves beyond mixed. That said, a lovely & apparently lovingly balanced cup delivered with great care & yielding an almost dreamy comfort. Smack your lips off a good slurp: a dairy savoriness w/ a spot of Oolong. A character-driven cuppa.

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::