Cranberry Juice, Candied Grapefruit Peel, Spice, Beaujolais

Kenyan coffees are like wines: acidic, bright, and packed with tannins that lend the cup a wonderful, dry quality. And king among Kenya's coffees is the AA bean. What is AA? It's the premier designation in Kenya's grading system, a label suggestive of size and, the theory goes, quality. The best AA's pack an iconic profile that walks a tightrope between bold and bright. This coffee does just that, and then some.

Composed entirely of SL-28 beans (Kenya's most famed varietal), this coffee comes from a single farm in Kiambu, one of the finest growing regions in the country. It's impossibly flavorful, with bracing fruit, bold spice, and winelike nuance. The big note here is cranberry juice; think Ocean Spray. It's sweet, tart, and wonderfully tannic. A flash of candied grapefruit hangs in the background, mugging alongside some rich, brooding spice. On the finish, you'll catch that telltale wine quality, a fresh Beaujolais acidity that manages brightness and boldness in equal measure.  

If you love Kenyan coffees, this AA is for you. If you haven't experienced them, consider it a characteristic introduction. Brew it as pour over for crystal clear cups, or sink it in a press pot to generate unctuous heft. Either way, you're sure to enjoy it.

  • Process - Washed
  • Region - Kiambu
  • Farm - Fram Estate
  • Altitude - 1,800 MASL
  • Varietal - SL-28
  • Grade - AA

Recommended four

  • Pour Over
  • Drip
  • French Press
  • Aeropress

Unless otherwise stated, all coffees are sold in 12 oz bags.