This week's cupping featured the Tanzania Kanyovu AA that we will start offering Monday, May 9th. Along with the usual production cupping samples, we brewed this fine coffee using seven different brewing methods to see how it performs. So how did it do? The Chemex and Clever dripper really stood out as the popular choices. The Chemex always produces such a clean, smooth brew. Sweet spice aroma and red fruit acidity really characterize this particular coffee. The Clever dripper resulted in a fuller body than the Chemex and allowed a little more character into the cup with a floral jasmine aroma, sweet molasses and a little bit of popcorn butter in the finish. It was definitely my favorite of the day. This coffee did well in nearly all brewing methods except perhaps the french press.
Something about this brewing method allowed some of the more savory, funky elements of this coffee into the cup that just did not work for this particular coffee but if you are a french press devotee don't let me stop you from enjoying this coffee however you like. The real surprise crowd pleaser was the cold brew. Everyone praised this coffee as an iced beverage. Delicate strawberry acidity and a dairy like quality reminiscent of strawberry yogurt or Neapolitan ice cream. I can't wait to get this coffee home and make my own cold brew, maybe served over a strawberry or pomegranate sorbet. I'll let you know how that turns out. We are excited to be offering this coffee just in time for the summer months as it makes such a refreshing warm weather beverage! We hope you enjoy it!