A complex Kenya cup with deep, resonant flavors and lower-toned than other Kenyas. Cherry syrup, concord grape, winey fruited notes, Earl Grey tea, a bergamot zest. Plum pudding, and chocolate in the darker roast levels. City+ to Full City.
This lot of Gichatha-ini is a large bean AA grade selection from a coperative I visited after the harvest this season. Gichatha-ini is a factory, the site of a coffee mill, and is one third of the Gikanga Farmer's Cooperative Society. (The other two factories are Kangocho and Ndaro-ini. The name Gikanda is made up of the three factory names: GIchathaini + KAngocho + NDAor-ini). They have been an outstanding cooperative for years, and as early as this season we offered another great lot from them, in that case the Ndaro-ini factory. This coffee was not bought through the Kenya auction, but rather, in a direct deal with the cooperative that benefits them to a farm greater extent. This is called the "second harvest" buying window. It means the price is a bit higher, but they always are for AA grades from cooperatives like this, for whom many coffee roasters worldwide compete to obtain the best lots. It's also a really exquisite coffee! The dry fragrance has a dark and complex sweetness, with suggestions of black cherry syrup (used to make your own soda pop), concord grape, with a bit of peppery spice. The wet aroma has winey fruits, purple grape notes, dark sweetness. The cup has a strong winey, Syrah-like grape note to it, along with a lush fruited sweetness with hints of pear and strawberry at some roast levels. There are backnotes of Earl Gray tea, with it's characteristic Bergamot citrus oil accent. There is a dash of cinnamon spice, and a milky body. The cup cools with sugar cane sweet notes. It's a complex cup, and does not have the shrill citric notes of some Kenya lots, which might make it attractive to some who seek Kenya intensity without the screaming high brightness! If, on the other hand, you do like super bright espresso as some of us at the shop do, we pulled some amazing shots of SO Gichatha-ini at FC and FC+ roast levels, with intense plum/chocolate pudding sweetness. Try it!