Best Quality Coffee is constantly searching for the most exotic and unique coffee blends on the market. We recently contacted a Kenyan coffee brand called Njoga Coffee to write an unbiased coffee review in exchange for some samples. The following Njoga Coffee review was written by one of our reviewers who is partial to a strong medium and dark roast.
I was extremely fortunate to spend the past week with an 8 oz sampler of Njoga Coffee medium roast beans. And, to cut right to the chase and open with a spoiler alert, it was a very pleasurable week indeed. In this Njoga Coffee review, I'll describe exactly why.
While packaging and labeling don’t necessarily dictate flavor, they often symbolize quality and distinction. Njoga’s standard packaging is a light brown paper bag with a subtle logo in fading black and their slogan in green. The claim of ‘100% Mountain Grown’ fits inside this bag. It looks like it was carried from the mountain farm to my kitchen and beckons me to explore inside. Thankfully, and unlike many other coffee brands, Njoga tells a short story on the back of the package, while suggesting how to best enjoy the coffee. I couldn’t wait until the following morning and commenced to grinding and brewing.
The beans were light colored, swirled with medium browns and unusually petite in size. I tasted a raw been and was pleasantly surprised at its strong flavor, and lack of bitter aftertaste. I attempted a medium grind and noted that the swirled bean created an almost cocoa powder color. I compared it to another ground medium roast I had on hand and could see the color was certainly lighter in a milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate manner. As a fan of bold and darker roasts, I admit to being concerned that the color may be a preview for weak flavor. Wow, was I wrong!
From the first brew cycle to the last, I never felt the need to use anything other than my drip-brew machine. I brewed pots throughout the next several days and as usual shared with family and coworkers. Each cup was anything but mild and never overpowering. Really, the flavor was consistently complex and pleasing to everyone. Getting full consensus in a group of coffee drinkers is a rare occasion and in many ways, speaks for itself. I heard a variety of descriptions and adjectives after every cup. I myself tasted vanilla and wheat bread toast or roasted almonds with a hint of dried fruit. I heard others speak of blackberries and fresh leather or malt and maple and honey. Njoga is obviously a quality bean that simply makes an exquisite cup of coffee that's as consistent as it is unique.
To sum up this Njoga Coffee review, I can say it would be an absolute pleasure to have coffee of this caliber and quality on a daily basis. The coffee experience offered by Njoga is rich, consistent, and not over bearing. It's a medium-roasted, unassuming little bean that packs a potent flavor that's well-suited for my taste profile. The Njoga medium roast has set the bar high. However, I suspect that Njoga Coffee has a number of other coffee gems in their inventory that I are a “must try” in my book.
Being this wrong has never tasted so good.
The Njoga medium roast is available at the Njoga Coffee website.