OK, one of the coffees that I have promised a review of is Kenya AA Eegads Estate. This coffee came, obviously from Kenya. I roasted this coffee to what is called a “Full City+” roast. This is a fairly dark roast, especially for me, as I tend to prefer a lighter roast on my coffee.
When I roasted this, I started drinking after 24 hours rest. At that time, I had a half cup for sampling. I liked it. It has a light fruit flavor. I enjoy fruity tasting coffees, and this one had what I liked. I took my second taste after 48 hours of rest post-roast. This time I made a full cup. Wow! It was a fruit BOMB. It was like this stuff exploded in my mouth. Unmistakeably, it tasted like Grapefruit! My goodness, this was the most unique coffee I had ever tasted, and I liked it a lot. After drinking a full cup of this coffee, my tongue still had a grapefruit taste a full hour after I finished the cup.
This stuff was wonderful. I roasted only a quarter pound for starters. I like to roast small batches, because I feel more in control of the roast. Get too many beans in the pan, and sometimes the roast can get away from you.
Just a couple days, and I was ready for another roast of the Kenya beans. This time, I decided to do a half pound batch. I usually don’t roast a half pound at a time, like I said, I find it easier to control the roast of a smaller batch. But, I really enjoyed this coffee, and wanted a bit more of it. Out of an abundance of care, I messed up the roast! In fear of making it too dark (darker roasts tend to kill off the fruit flavor that I enjoy so much), I under roasted it instead. I tasted it a couple days later, and indeed, it was not good. Acid was way too strong. Oh, I was so upset, because I was wasting a half pound of my new favorite coffee. After a week, I still had these beans sitting there in the bag, I just decided to try them again, fully expecting that the acid would still be way too much. I had resolved to throw these beans away and start again. But, wait….
Surprise! The acid had faded, and the fruit was nice. So, even under roasted, by letting these beans rest a full week, the nice flavors started showing themselves again, and the coffee was very good.
My recommendation on these beans is to go for a City+ roast, or maybe a Full City. No need to go beyond that. Keep it somewhat light, and the brightness and fruitiness will be great! I have already ordered some additional Kenya beans. This particular bean is out of stock, but I ordered another one from Kenya that should be similar. I can’t wait to try them!