Gakuyu-ini is complex, has layered sweetness, and downright tropical in the light roasts. Citrus notes go from fresh squeezed orange to the pithy/bittering aspects of the peel itself. Great option for dark roasting too with substantial bittersweetness. City+ to Full City+. Wild espresso.
Gakuyu-ini is a factory, or 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 raspberry tea smell to it, raw cane sugar, and a sweetness that reminds me of vanilla wafer cookies. Adding hot water, the wet aromatics give off citrus elements, like the tart aspects of lemon and orange peels. Full City roasts have a black currant jelly note, and pectin-like sweetness. The cup shows a delicate balance of sweet flavors and tart sensations, tropical fruited notes gaining presence as the cup cools in temperature, grabby lemon rind and juice notes following closely. Orange notes become more focused as you move through the cup, the sweet, pulpy flavors of a fresh squeezed juice, as well as the pithy/bittering aspects of the orange peel itself. City+ roasting bodes well for this coffee, building a layered sweetness that helps to construct an overall sturdy, yet complex cup. Gakuyu-ini is also a good option for darker roasting too, Full City - Full City+ roasts offer substantial bittersweet roast tones, cut through by tangy citric notes, and an interesting mix of blueberry and hickory chips accenting the aftertaste.