Layered honey and raw sugar sweetness intermixed with intense fruited top notes like plum, fresh fig, and a lychee. Black tea flavor and mouthfeel when roasted light. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15 Peaberry Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
Gatugi is one of several coffees we picked up from Othaya Farmer's Cooperative Society (FCS), an FCS that includes an impressive amount of wet mills, 18 in all, dating back to the late 1950s. Gatugi Factory sits at just under 1900 meters above sea level, right along the Ichamama River, which is fed from the Karima forest above. "Factories" are essentially small washing stations aligned with a particular "society" in Kenya, what we would call a "cooperative". We return to the societies who seem to regularly produce some of the best Kenya coffees, and each year we come across societies that are new to us as well. Being one of the older Kenya FCS, we are well aware of the quality coming out of Othaya, and have had the good fortune to buy a few stellar lots the past few years. It was purchased direct, not through the Kenya auction system, so we could avoid the risk of losing it. To do this we pay a price that is higher than what the top auction bid might be, but it means we get the exact lot we want. This is a peaberry outturn, which makes up about 5% of the yield.
Deeply sweet in both light and middle roasts, Gatugi Peaberry promises layered raw sugar flavors intermixed with intense fruited notes. City roasts offer the brightest cups, but City+ develops an impressive mix of sugar browning sweetness - toasted caramel, creme brûlée, and the like - and complex berry aroma and flavors. The dry fragrance hints at Gatugi's fruited side with dried berry/raisin type smells and subtle baking spice accents. The wet aroma on the other hand is less fruited than the grinds, but with big wafts of honey and brown sugar is incredibly sweet smelling nonetheless. Brewing City and City+ roasts, you're presented with molasses-like, raw sugary undertones. The focus quickly shifts to plump, tart fruit like plum and fresh fig, along with a tropical lychee note in the aftertaste. These light roasts are the brightest cups and give off black tea-like brightness and flavor. Full City has more of a chocolate and dark fruited slant, but still manages to retain mouth cleansing black tea/tannic aspect in the finish.