Nyeri is a district in the Central Province of Kenya, in Africa. I’m gonna be going there! Well, through my coffee cup, anyway! That’s right, I’m not going to physically go there and visit the place, but I just got two coffees that originated from the Nyeri area in Kenya! Yes, the Postman visited yesterday to notify me that my fifteen pound box of green coffee beans had arrived and were ready to be picked up at the main Davao Post Office, so I headed down there and picked them up right away!
Within 15 minutes after getting home with my box of beans, I was already at the stove and roasting them too! I was so excited, because Kenya is my favorite origin for coffee. The coffees from there tend to have wonderful fruit flavors as part of the flavor profile of the beans, if you roast them right. Earlier this year, I had some coffee beans from the Eegads Estate in Kenya, and they had a wonderful pink grapefruit flavor to them, which I dearly loved. Next, I got some Getthumbwini beans from Kenya, which were rated very highly, these had a lemony flavor to them. They were great too, although I liked the Eegads more.
Yesterday, I received two different beans that originated in Kenya. One was “AA Nyeri Tambaya” and the other bean was “Nyeri Ndiani -Kiagundo WP Decaf.” This is my first time to purchase any decaffeinated green coffee beans, I did it more as an experiment. My wife is bothered by too much caffeine, so I decided to give these a try.
These beans scored very high when cupped by the experts! The Tambaya scored 93 when cupped, which is the best score that I think I’ve ever had for any of the coffees that I’ve purchased. The Kiagundo Decaf scored an amazing 90.2, which is very high for a decaf!
When it comes to flavor, here is what the experts say about the Tambaya beans, this is what you should expect, if the beans are properly roasted:
An elegant cup with pink grapefruit, jasmine, light brown sugar sweetness, Mandarin orange, and warming spices. Apricot and Earl Grey tea-like finish.
Vivid brightness, brilliant fruited aromatics and flavors, red apple, plum, strawberry, pineapple, caramel, molasses sweetness, cinnamon, clove spice.
So far, I have done some minor sampling of these beans, and they are both very good. I just roasted them both yesterday, so I am not drinking very much of it yet, giving it more time to rest more and develop a fuller flavor profile. But, the initial tastes are very promising! I can certainly note the mandarin orange in the tambaya beans, a nice citrusy flavor, almost juicy. The light brown sugar flavors are also quite pronounced. This is really nice. The decaf is also nice, although if I drink them side by side, the tambaya is much better at this point.
So, I am visiting Nyeri, Kenya, but is through my coffee cup! That’s a little cheaper than actually going there too!