Giakanja is a consistently unique coffee. It's a bit of a "wild one" among Kenyas. It is from the Nyeri district, where some of the most extraordinary Kenya lots come from. Nyeri has some of the highest altitude coffee, which means that the harvest peaks later, hence the late arrivals of good Nyeri lots. Many Nyeri coffees are highly acidic, with prized citrus notes: orange, lemon, lime, kumquat, grapefruit. But this Giakanja lot is quite different, heavily fruited, almost rustic fruit, as if there was just a bit of Indonesia herbal notes in there. Now to many cuppers, any suggestion of rustic or "Indonesia-like" cup character in a Kenya would raise red flags, and they would consider bidding on this lot in the Auction to be risky. But it is strange to me that the coffee trade will allow flavors that are a bit wild from one origin, and not another. Kenyas have historically had winey fruited notes, it's just that Giakanja has a bit more of Syrah type wine notes than other Kenyas. The cup starts with very sweet honey-caramel dry fragrance, which becomes more winey, chocolate and spice-laden at Full City roast. There's a big shift when you add the hot water. Light City and City+ roasts have incredible sweet floral-herbal aromas, with pink grapefruit and raw honey. The cup flavors are sweet in the light roasts, turning simply menacing and bittersweet as you reach FC+! It's Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde coffee, but in this case both "personalities" are extremely appealing. City to City+: cherry sweetness, orange honey, ginger root, and a herbal-floral accent combine to form a lively, effervescent cup character. It finishes with sweetness fading to a zest of lemon rind. At Full City and darker (Especially at FC+, a couple snaps into 2nd crack): Think Dark Shadows, Noir. There's a high contrast between sharp pungent spice, baker's chocolate bitterness, lingering dark caramelized sugar sweetness, and a stripe of Indonesian wildness running through the cup. A dark roast of this Kenya is a workout for your palate! In any case, it is one of the most versatile lots, since you the roaster have so much determination in the cup character: bright and zingy, with angelic bright notes, or heavy, aggressive, and corpulent ... you decide.