The cup has complex fruit - guava, ripe mango, kumquat, coconut water, plum, peach and nectarine. It's tannic like the skin of peach, juicy and sweet like the ripe fruit and just ever so slightly tart like the fruit closest to the pit. Honeyed sweetness prevails in both the City and Full City roasts. The acidity is like fresh squeezed lemonade, and verges on effervescent.
Gatomboya is a coffee washing station, a wet mill, a coffee factory. By "factory", it does NOT mean they make mugs, custom hats and vacuum bottles. A "factory" is a wet mill where the coop members bring coffee cherry for pulping, fermenting, washing, drying. It's not the factory as we might imagine it. Small washing stations are aligned with a particular "society" which is what they call a cooperative in Kenya. We had an incredible lot of Gatomboya a couple years ago year, which is part of the same cooperative group as Gaturiri: Barichu FCS. We notice have been buying from the same family of coffees lately, such as Barichu and Tekangu societies. This was one of the most expensive coffees from Kenya in the previous season when we bought it as well, sourced direct from the cooperative to secure it's purchase. We didn't want to risk entering the auction with a great coffee like this, but it also means we had to pay a premium to ensure the final cost was at or above what the auction price might be. Based on the cup, it was a smart move. As with all out Kenyas, this coffee ships in vacuum pack on it's rather long ocean voyage, which helps protect against the effects of humid maritime environments.
This peaberry lot of Gatomboya has such a "big" profile, right out of the gate. The dry fragrance is perfumed with saturated smells of dark honey and tropical aromatics. Candied citrus, dried pineapple, passion fruit, floral grape - it's all here! There's a scent of peaches and cream that is bolstered in wet aroma, and is accompanied by notes of caramel candies and raspberry maple syrup. As you can probably imagine, this coffee has such complexity in the cup, with a deeply sweet profile that is built around a multiplicity of fruited characteristics. The range of fruit spans from tropical to stone fruit - guava, ripe mango, kumquat, coconut water, plum, peach and nectarine. There is a ripeness that is clean, juicy and refreshing - like fruit that has reached optimal sweetness. It also reflects stone fruit in a "complete" sense - its tannic like the skin of peach, juicy and sweet like the ripe fruit and just ever so slightly tart like the fruit closest to the pit. Honeyed sweetness prevails in both the City and Full City roasts although a high percentage cacao note is there along with it in the finish. The acidity is like fresh squeezed lemonade, and verges on effervescent. Gatomboya is a beautiful coffee that is an absolute stunner on the table.