Espresso Kenya Mlima—fresh fruits & milk chocolate

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Here’s my review of the third blend the kind people at Turun kahvipaahtimo sent me: Espresso Kenya Mlima.

As the label tells us, this is a fully washed blend of Ruinu 11, Batian, SL-28, SL-34 from Swahili, Mlima, Mount Kenya. The tasting notes are as follows (my translation): ”Peach, light grapes, kiwi and apricot.” The mouthfeel they promise is ”bright and high in acidity.”

When I opened the bag, I got a nice, fruity and slightly chocolatey aroma. The bouquet feels very similar: fresh fruits, but then also some milk chocolate.

This is precisely what the blend tastes like, too. Honestly, I’m not sure if my palate is refined enough to detect all the different flavors mentioned by the company, but I will say this: There are several flavors of bright, freshly cut fruits. I’m definitely getting the peach. And yes, there is a hint of kiwi in the background, too. But then, in my opinion, all of it is wrapped up in delicious milk chocolate. It’s sweet, but not overly so. Even if the roast is medium dark, the overall feeling is pretty bright and clear, just as the company promises. For me, the acidity is medium at most. I normally don’t care for acidic coffee, but if this is ”high acidity,” I’m all about it!

There’s no question about it. Kenya Mlima is a delicious espresso, and a very high quality product. While I usually tend to reach for blends with a little more body, a little more oomph, there are times when I want something brighter. In one of those moments, this would definitely fit the bill. Get yourself some!

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