Halfwit Coffee’s latest version of Moonbat Blend is a blend of thirds, with coffees from the regions of Coban, Guatemala, Cauca, Colombia, and Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea. Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Moonbat Blend, from […]
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This year, Cafe Imports highlighted a collection of exquisite coffees from individual farmer members of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), and offer them to our customers as microlots. This lot comes from a producer named Sherebo Maro. The YCFCU was organized in 2002 in […]
Halfwit Coffee Roasters’s latest Kenyan offering comes from the Alimu Estate, owned and operated by Alice and Julius Muriithi. Alimu Estate is located in Kirinyaga County, which contains the southern half of Mount Kenya and its surrounding plateaus, a region known for it’s incredibly distinct and highly sought after coffees.
Kenyan-style processing, which typically includes two or more washes, a post-fermentation soak, and drying on raised parabolic beds, is some of the most advanced and meticulous in the world, producing coffees with exceptional clarity and cleanliness.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Kenya Alimu, from Halfwit Coffee Roasters in Chicago, Illinois. Feel free to pull up a chair.
origin: Kirinyaga County, Kenya
farm: Kenya Alimu Estate
producer: Alice and Julius Muriithi
elevation: 1700 meters above sea level
cultivars: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian
process: fully washed, parabolic bed dried
The aroma of the Kenya Alimu is pretty standard fare for a Kenyan coffee (not to, in any way, diminish the coffee’s aroma – which is superb): chocolate, dark fruits, and a bouquet of florals.
Taking my first few sips from the cup immediately post-brew, my tongue is enveloped by a juicy, full-bodied coffee that possesses an extravagant flavor profile. This coffee is voluptuous, elegant, deep, and is absolutely beautiful with notes of dark chocolate ganache, black cherry, Cabernet Sauvignon (even down to the astringent red wine tannins), mulling spices, oak, floral aromatics (rose and violet, in particular), raisin, cranberry, honeycrisp apple, earth, and a slightly tart tangerine acidity.
Full body; juicy mouthfeel; citric acidity; clean finish.
Halfwit Coffee Roasters’s Kenya Alimu is a real treat. A beautiful, decadent, and voluptuous coffee that is absolutely delicious. Sweet, fruity, floral, and elegant, this coffee also featured a stunning clarity and cleanliness.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been counting down my favorite coffees of the year. For historical perspective, you can check out my favorite coffees of 2012 and 2013. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Remember, the coffees in this list are only coffees that I had in 2014; […]
Finca Consolapan is located a short drive from the town of Coatepec, a hotbed of quality coffee in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is a relatively small farm of only twenty hectares, practicing a passive organic method of farming. Once the team arrived at […]