The cup has a creamy sweetness to it. Lighter roasts are peachy, while the Full City roast develops a wonderful black currant flavor. Orange sherbert, tropical fruits (guava, passion fruit at City roast), pear, dark currant, dried apricot, peach, and red cherry are all present in this complex cup. City+ to Full City.
Gatomboya is a coffee washing station, a wet mill, a coffee factory. By "factory", it does NOT mean they make mugs, custom hats and vacuum bottles. A "factory" is a wet mill where the coop members bring coffee cherry for pulping, fermenting, washing, drying. It's not the factory as we might imagine it. Small washing stations are aligned with a particular "society" which is what they call a cooperative in Kenya. We had an incredible lot of Gatomboya a couple years ago year, which is part of the same cooperative group as Gaturiri, another favorite here. So we have been buying from the same family of coffees lately. This was one of the most expensive coffees from Kenya this year, bought direct from the cooperative to secure it's purchase. We didn't want to risk entering the auction with a great coffee like this, but it also means we had to pay a premium to ensure the final cost was at or above what the auction price might be. Based on the cup, it was a smart move. This coffee is from the current main crop, and has been held in vacuum pack in storage. It's cupping great!
The dry fragrance is dominated by a honey-caramel sweetness, with some fresh red berry scent as well. The wet aromatics add orange marmalade to caramel, with a bit of dried apricot and fig. The cup has a creamy sweetness to it. Lighter roasts are peachy, while the Full City roast develops a wonderful black currant flavor. The cup really opens up as it cools. The character of the fruit seems to depend greatly on the degree of roast, how long after roast the coffee is rested, and the temperature of the cup as it cools. But there is no question this has complex, clean fruit notes. My list includes orange sherbert, tropical fruits (guava, passion fruit at City roast), pear, dark currant, dried apricot, peach, and red cherry. All of these I tasted distinctly at different roast levels and different cup temperatures. It adds up to a multifaceted, complex coffee.