Firstly, I'd like to say that these Kenya AA beans appear to be very nice beans and the roast is done evenly and well There's nothing that puts me off a coffee faster than different colored beans in a single origin coffee, and especially individual beans that vary in color from one side to another. Secondly, I'll state my preference regarding roast: For Kenya coffee I find that a full city roast brings out all its outstanding elements. Here's where the trouble begins: There does not seem to be an industry-wide standard for the various roasts.
I took a chance on these beans because for some companies the full city roast would be considered medium dark. For my taste these beans are just past that. Not by much, but there's that hint of charcoal in the nose when you open the bag and when you savor the cup. For me, when you get darker than the full city roast that I know, the Kenya coffee starts losing those bright, fresh delights that I buy it for.
I'm hoping this roaster will offer the Kenya beans in their medium roast, as I imagine it would more resemble the full city roast I know than their medium dark.