Fruit-forward cup, flavors of berry and grape jam, cherry juice, and a Syrah-like acidity. Citrus notes in light roasts are traded for dark stone and grape as you near Full City. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
Giakanja is a coffee washing station, a wet mill, and what is referred to in Kenya as a "factory" Small washing stations are aligned with a particular "society" which is what they call a cooperative in Kenya. In this case, Giakanja is part of the Giakanja Farmers Cooperative Society. Giakanja lies in the Tetu division of Nyeri county, and was at one point in time part of Tetu FCS, lobbying for single society status over 50 years ago. At this point in time, the FCS has nearly 2000 members, growing a mix of SL-28, SL-34, and Ruiru 11. Contributing farmers are spread out around the county, with average altitude ranging from 1750 to 1800 meters. It had been about 7 years since we've picked up this coffee until last year's strong return (one of the best of the season). We're pleased to bring in both AA and peaberry lots from this station once again this year.
We were blown away by the "big"ness level of fruit complexity in this AA outturn from Giakanja, deeply sweet in flavor, and dark fruit/wine-like acidity. The dry fragrance holds blackberry and grape smells in CIty and CIty+ roasts, traded for ripe plum and caramel at Full City. Adding hot water gives off an undercurrent of brown sugar, with heavy-handed smell of spiced punch. The aroma is truly amazing when wetted, and the break is loaded with wild berry smells. This is one juicy cup of Kenya coffee. There's a note of cherry juice up front, a plump, fruited sweetness that gives way to a multitude of fruit hints as the cup cools. Blackberry and grape jam come to fore, and with rindy citrus highlights in lighter roast levels. Sweetness and complexity run high, and acidity goes from malic to wine-like Syrah. Dark fruit jam flavors are even more dominant at Full City, and a deep sugar browning sweetness matches complex, cacao-like roast tones. This makes for an amazing desert coffee - complex and refreshing. And if taken toward Full City, worthy of a run through the espresso machine. Expect a concentration of core fruit and cocoa flavors, with an citrus-like acidic snap pulling at the sides of your tongue.