When we rolled out our Kirinyaga AA, we had almost forgotten how much we loved having Kenyan offerings on the menu. We decided to bring in another, especially since they make such great flavor compliments in the transition to cooler months of the year. While our Kirinyaga AA had a balance of tart fruits and slightly savory, deep honey sweetness - this new Roi AA stays a bit more bright, crisp and juicy, showcasing the terroir of Roi Estate with its sole SL-28 variety.
Roi Estate is a small estate located in Kiambu County, just north of Nairobi on the foothills of the Aberdare ridge. It grows coffee at altitudes of 1700 masl in red volcanic soil, which is rich in organic matter – perfect for the production of high-quality coffee. This soil is typical in Kenya and helps establish tasting notes that make up the standard Kenyan flavor profile. It is built on 60 acres, 35 of which are used for coffee production, 5 of which are used for tea production, 12 acres are reserved for forests, and 8 acres are used for infrastructure. Additionally, 3 rivers flow through the plantation providing the estate with a consistent fresh source of water. Most of the coffee grown on Roi farm belongs to the SL-28 variety, and combined with their location and care for trees make for an exceptional quality in the cup. After harvesting, ripe cherries are wet-processed and fermented before drying.
We taste: Red apple, blackberry, plum, pink lemonade, grapefruit