Gathaithi is a small town in the Mathira subdistrict of Nyeri. The cup is an interesting blend of Kenya cup characteristics, bright citrusy notes, rindy aftertaste, winey dark fruits, and a touch of sweet Meyer lemon. There's a nice Oolong tea character as the cup cools, with a pleasant dryness. City to City+ roast.
Gathaithi is a small town in the Mathira subdistrict of Nyeri, which gained a measure of notoriety last year when a group of locals, vigilantes I suppose, retaliated against a gang who were demanding payment from persons and businesses with machetes. It's not a comforting image, nor consistent at all with the placid rural lifestyle I experience on my trips to Nyeri coffee areas. Well, bad people are everywhere, Oakland to Nyeri! But in Oakland we don't take on thugs with long sharp knives. Anyway, trying to put this out of my mind, they produce some very interesting coffee in Gathaithi as well. It has an unsual flavor profile, starting with the dry fragrance. There are both floral and herbal elements, with additional hints of red currants and sweet brown bread. The wet aroma has unique spice notes, violets and vanilla. On the break there are potent aromatics that emerge, jasmine tea floral scents and exotic spice, along with volatile fruited scents. Gathaithi Peaberry has an interesting blend of Kenya cup character, some of the bright citrusy notes, some of the rindy aftertaste, some of the winey dark fruits. My initial roasts were fairly light, and at City roast was where red currant notes and lemony citrus converged. City roast is quite patchy and dry looking, and does not have a smooth surface appearance. At a slightly darker roast, sweetness from grapey fruits and brightness from the citrus peel find some equilibrium at this roast. There's a nice Oolong tea character as the cup cools, with a pleasant dryness. In the second cupping we did with this coffee (different roasts too), we saw more of a sweet Meyer lemon character come through - not a tart sour lemon but a very ripe, mature lemon flavor, with honeyed sweetness too it as well. This is a lot that was shipped and stored in vacuum-packing, and has an amazingly clean cup like the day it arrived!