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A potent Kenya coffee: High-toned citrus in the lighter roasts, ripe Meyer Lemon, layers of fruit, Golden Raisin with plum beneath, interesting foresty hint (almost Indonesia-like). 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!
This is a different lot of Gakuyu-ini PB from the previous, having an unsual, exotic (almost Indonesia-like) accent to the cup. This is actually our second lot from the Kenya Main Harvest 2010 of Gakuyu-ini, a coffee well known here at Sweet Maria's. We have offered Gakuyu-ini lots many times over the years, and will have multiple AA and PB lots in 2010. 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 plum, grape, raisin, mock orange blossom, lemon, and sweet spices as well. The wet aroma has the smell of ripe stone fruit, plum, apricot, and slightly winey grape, as well as 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. There is something a bit wild in this cup too, a foresty note akin to some Sumatra coffees, which gives it a more aggressive posture. While you might call it a "fruit bomb" flavor profile, 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.