Gaturiri is a factory (read as cooperative wet mill) near the town of Karatina in the heart of Nyeri. Intense syrupy sweetness and mouthfeel, grape fruits and related grape-like tartaric acidity, caramel, malt syrup. This cup has a more balanced profile than other Kenyas, especially ones that are dominated by citrus acidity. City+ to Full City. This is a small lot that will go fast!
Gaturiri is a coffee factory (read as cooperative wet mill) near the town of Karatina in the heart of Nyeri. We have offered it before, but not for several years. This arrived in a late shipment, and I was really suprised by the cup, especially since it was shipped the old fashioned way, in jute bags without liners, rather than vacuum pack as most of our Kenya coffees. We had an incredible lot of Gatomboya last year, another "factory" that is part of the same cooperative group as Gaturiri, Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society. So we have been buying from the same family of coffees lately.
The sweetness of the dry fragrance from this Gaturiri is evident from across the room when I grind it. It has fruit and floral aspects, but mainly it possesses a potent caramel scent than borders of sweet savory. The wet aromatics scream out "sweet" as well - plum, caramelized sugar, Concord grape juice. What struck me the first time I cupped this Gaturiri lot was the intense syrupy sweetness and mouthfeel. As I roasted it lighter, grape fruits and related grape-like tartaric acidity was the prime feature. On the third round I was back to the sweetness, caramel, malt syrup, balanced and intense. In fact all these things are present in this coffee and slight roast variations emphasize one or the other. Lighter roasts were more piquant, acidic, as you would expect, but overall this coffee demonstrated a more balanced profile than other Kenyas, especially ones that are dominated by citrus acidity. It's not a huge lot, and will probably come and go in a matter of weeks. Hopefully we can find some nice Gaturiri to offer in the next harvest, and make this a more regular offering.