Kenya AA Auction Lot 639 -Gatomboya

Out of stock
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate No
Region Africa
Lot size 10bags/boxes
Bag size 30.00kg
Grade AA Main Crop Auction Lot
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 18 screen
Roast Recommendations A City to City+ roast. I recommend keeping this one light!
Weight 1 LB
Gatomboya is yet another Nyeri district "coffee factory," which does NOT mean they make mugs, custom hats and vacuum bottles. It means they are a coffee mill in a municipality, and member-farmers of this "society," i.e. cooperative, bring their fresh coffee cherry here for processing. It was an odd year because the name Gatomboya kept popping up in the auction samples I was getting from my sources, well, the main people I place bids with, and I wasn't liking them. You can see this from my online cupping log. But I was getting a few samples here from a different exporter and lo and behold, a fantastic Gatomboya appeared on the cupping table. We put in a high bid for the auction and won the lot. This is the usual story with Kenya lots: a name means something, and you might recall some fantastic lot from this season or that, but it doesn't guarantee top cup quality. Partly, this is due to the nature of coffee as a variable crop, but much has to do with the management of quality at the mill, and training for the farmer members. But back to this great coffee ...I will skip to the cup flavors here, because it has so much sweet tangerine, not a cloying citrus, but a mild-toned brightness. I also get ripe boysenberry notes, black currant jelly, and such a clean, fruited finish. Backtracking, the dry fragrance has strong berry notes, milky-caramel sweetness. Wet aroma is a bit more muted, mallic (apple-like), with a bit of almond. This is not the brightest Kenya lot, not the most acidic of citric, but the sweetness of the fruit flavors is unparalleled. Some may find this lot milder than other, but pay attention to the quality of these flavors, not just the quantity of acidity, etc. I am recommending a lighter roast range for this coffee as well.