Vac Packed '09 lot cups amazing!High-toned citrus, ripe Meyer Lemon, layers of fruit, Golden Raisin with plum beneath. A "fruit-bomb" coffee but with good structure, bracing brightness and tropical fruit finish. City + roast.
City+ roast maximizes the brightness and fruit character of this coffee. If you want to tone it down a little, try Full City, before 2nd crack. A note too: 2010 Kenyas are all going to be $1.00 more at the minimum due to the auction prices being very high. This is a last chance to get a great Kenya at a more reasonable price!
Gakuyu-ini is a "factory," a coffee mill in Kenya terminology, from the Kirinyaga growing district. It is a cooperative coffee, the sole coffee group of the Thirikwa Farmers Cooperative Society. While we like estate coffees, oftentimes the qualities from cooperatives is superior. 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. The dry fragrance is so full of ripe fruits, a cornucopia of raisin, plum, sweet orange and lemon creme, and sweet spices as well. The wet aroma has the smell of ripe stone fruits, peach, plum, apricot, and the sweetness of caramel pudding. There's a touch of cane sugar and caramel as well. The cup has high-toned citrus, lemon drops in one cupping session and ripe Meyer Lemon with a twist of rind in the next. There are layers of Golden Raisin and plum beneath. As it cools, flame grape flavors and dried plum emerge with a tad bit of tannic grape skins. While you might call it a fruit bomb, it has structure as well, bracing brightness with body and a long aftertaste which hovers between sweet candy-like tones and a citrus rind exclamation point. When the cup is cool, sweet passion fruit tropical tones come out. This cup has so many layers of fruit, and each tasting seems to reveal new characteristics, the hallmark of a quality, complex coffee. Best of all, it's a very seductive coffee you want to keep drinking all day long. This is our vacuum packed '09 crop lot that cups like the day it arrived. It's truly amazing what vacuum packing at origin can do for a coffee. We open the vac packs and pack into our bags right before shipping.