Cà phê nhân sống Sweetmaria’s Coffee Kenya Nyeri Ichamama Peaberry – 1kg Green bean
Ichamama peaberry has a complex flavor compound, offering juicy and jammy fruit, intense raw sugar, and striking citrus acidity from light City roasting on up to Full City. There are elements of grape jelly in the dry ground coffee, dark sweet fruits, and a clove-spiced orange note. The wet aroma has a high level of fruit and caramelizing sugar smells, like pie filling, and juicy as well. Brewing a City roast, grape and baking spice flavors were expected, and Ichamama delivered. This coffee’s a real treat, blueberry syrup, Welch’s grape juice, ripe raspberry notes, and mandarin orange culminate in a delicious fruited mix, with baking spice notes like all spice, clove, and cardamom coming through in aroma.
There’s a lot to take in with Ichamama, a brew that any coffee drinker can run up a lengthy list of adjectives to describe. I didn’t pick up on florals in the smells, but my City roast had a rose water element that provided an aromatic, and perfumed highlight to the cup. Full City roasts are loaded down with dark fruit notes too, and chocolate roast tone adds heightened bittersweetness to the mix. Ichamama is a fairly bright Kenya too, citric without being sharp, or puckering.
This coffee is from the Ichamama Factory, a washing station near Karima Hill in Nyeri. The station was named after the Ichamama river which flows near enough to the station to be the source of water for processing coffee. Ichamama is one of 19 washing stations that make up the Othaya Farmer’s Coopertive Society, a coop-run organization, one of the older ones I might add. Othaya started in the mid-1950s, ballooning from 250 original members to 15,000 strong today. Karima is one of the older of the group, erected in 1964, and currently with nearly 1,000 farmer members (and is one of the most productive of the 19).
The station sits at about 1750 meters above sea level, and coffee is grown in the higher altitude areas surrounding it. This is the Peaberry outturn, a separation of all of the small round beans from the flat beans (traded as grades AA, AB, C, and others). We find that the Peaberries can be a bit more fruit-forward than the AA and AB grades, even when they’re all from the same process batch. We have an AA separation from Ichamama up right now, and in this case it’s a toss up which holds the most fruited intensity. But they are quite different, and are a fun side by side comparison while they’re both still in stock.