The coffee world is filled with interesting terms. Add “micro-lot” to that list.
Start with Kenya. Now zoom into a region. Now zoom into an estate. Now find a specific, small area of that estate…maybe something the size of a football field. Call it a micro-lot and you’ve got the idea.
Allen Leibowitz and Steve Mangigian of Zingerman’s Coffee Company found this particular micro-lot of Kenyan beans after a recent meeting with an importer in New York.
"It's got classic Kenyan flavors,” Allen explained. "It tastes of tar black currant and dried fruit with a smooth, silky body and crisp finish."
Since the production was so small and the Coffee Company likes to protect its secrets, they won’t be sharing the exact details of the coffees origins. When they find something this tasty, they can be a little hush-hush. All they'll tell us is it's 'Giochuka AB Micro-Auction Lot.' Whatever that means.
When it comes to brewing up some of this Kenyan Micro-Lot, Allen warns against brewing it too long. “These beans are best enjoyed if you don’t let it steep for too long. Grind the beans coarse and brew them shorter than you usually might. The result will be super bright and really fruity.”
Body: smooth, silky.
Tasting Notes: Fruity, hints of strawberry or general red berries. Bright and a bit lively.
Facts: Roasted fresh by Zingerman’s Coffee Company. Shipped whole bean.