Kirjalan Kahvipaahtimo ”Aino”—”Rustic” is the word

Here’s another filter coffee I recently got from Kirjalan Kahvipaahtimo (Mikkeli, Finland). The bag description reads as follows (my rough translation):

AINO—light roasted coffee

The AINO coffee grows in the Southern parts of Rwanda. Among the coffees of Eastern Africa, Rwandan coffees are often the softest [roundest?], sweetest, and the most florally nuanced.

Additionally, the company tells us that the roast level is 2/6.

Since Aino is sold as a filter coffee, I brewed it in my AeroPress. (You knew it! I used my favorite inverted recipe!) The bouquet was interesting. I detected

  • red berries
  • some fresh fruits
  • nuts
  • a little something that made think of a farm house, even a stable

I kind of liked the rustic, organic aroma.

But what did it taste like? Briefly, it was quite good. Like Louhi, the other Kirjalan Kahvipaahtimo product I reviewed a few days ago, Aino was pretty full-flavored, without being overpowering. At the same time, though, it felt juicier and more acidic in the mouth than the creamy Louhi.

I’ll have to admit that I was hard-pressed to find the essence of this coffee—the ”thing”, if you will. Granted, I detected several different flavors like berries, fresh fruits, nuts and… I wanted to say ”earth”, but I’m not sure that’s the right word. Let’s just say Aino was earthier and less sweet than Louhi. While all of these flavors were there, I couldn’t quite figure out whether they wanted worked together or not. Mind you, the coffee did NOT taste bad. Not at all! Actually, Aino was a relatively enjoyable middle-of-the-road filter coffee on the rustic end of the flavor spectrum. That said, it was probably not created to knock your socks off, or make you go ”wow”. To me, it was ”just coffee”—but in the positive sense.

Take that for what you will. As for me, I am looking forward to trying the other Kirjalan Kahvipaahtimo blends!

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