A delicate and refined Kenya, with ruby grapefruit and vanilla wafer aromas, grape candy, sweet lemonade, hop flowers, silky body. If you like bright espresso, try this as a portion of a blend. City to Full City roast
Gakuyu-ini is a "factory," a coffee mill in Kenya terminology, from the Kirinyaga growing district that is to the west of Nyeri. Gakuyu-ini is a cooperative coffee, the sole coffee group of the Thirikwa Farmers Cooperative Society. It serves Githiru, Gituba and Mukure villages, and the actual mill is in the Gichugu Division near Kianyaga town at 1567 meters. While we like estate coffees, more often than not, the cup quality from cooperatives is superior in Kenya. In a coop, each member is tending to only 200-500 trees on less than a hectare, as opposed to a huge estate that uses agribusiness growing methods. I think it shows in the cup. We have a long history buying this coffee as well (both AA and the excellent Peaberries), and that increases our collective trust that this coop can pick and process coffee really well.
The dry fragrance has a ruby red grapefruit scent, moderated by vanilla wafer cookie and caramel sweetness. Adding hot water, the wet aromatics remind me of fresh baked sweet bread, but also have a pronounced floral quality, a lemon-rose potpourri. Slightly darker roasts (FC level) have a black currant jelly note. The cup has delicate balance of the sweet and the sour sensations, with a lively, fresh lemonade brightness. My lightest roast has a resiny hop flower note. Darker Full City roasts have grapey notes. The mouthfeel is silky, with medium density. In the next cupping session we had a distinct grape candy flavor from this Gakuyu-ini, almost like a Jolly Rancher. This is a balanced and sweet lot. There is a hint of winey, ripe character to the fruit. When the cup is completely cool, there is a flavor of sweetened pink grapefruit ... very nice! Overall, it's one of the sweetest, most delicate Kenyas we have had. We have sold out of the peaberry Gakuyu-Ini which was more acidic and higher in tonal range, but I think the AA might be a better day-to-day drinking coffee. And if you can roll with bright espresso, it makes an amazing SO shot!