Gititu Peaberry makes a unique Kenya cup, with floral honey flavors reminiscent of Ethiopian white honey. Brilliant citrus to strawberry-like acidity pulls together top notes like fresh pluot and aprictot, golden raisin, and date paste. Complex finish. City to Full City.
Gititu Factory is part of Aghuti Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS), an FCS that includes a few other stations we buy from: Thageini and Kagumo. It's not the "factory" as we might imagine it. "Factories" are essentially small washing stations aligned with a particular "society" in Kenya, what we would call a "cooperative". We return to the societies who seem to regularly produce some of the best Kenya coffees, and each year we come across societies that are new to us as well: such as Aghuti. This coffee was purchased direct, not through the Kenya auction system, so we could avoid the risk of losing it. To do this we pay a price that is higher than what the top auction bid might be, but it means we get the exact lot we want. This year we brought in 46 KG bags as opposed to the vacuum sealed.
Gititu has a nice chamomile and honey tea smell in the dry fragrance, it's slightly floral in nature, and with raw sugar and dried fruit sweetness. The wet aroma at City roast level has a pungent orange smell, like pulpy juice, and with a really nice floral caramel smell when breaking through the crust. The cup together is woven together by brilliant acidity, from citrus to strawberry-like, a mouth-cleansing brightness. The cooling cup displays a unique honey flavor, like Ethiopian white honey, creamed and inciting retronasal-like florals. Fruited top notes are like fresh pluot and apricot, golden raisin, a nice mix of sweet and tart notes. City+ builds a date paste/dark raisin fruit flavor and actually introduces a welcome hot cocoa aspect in the finish too. This is a nice Kenya option for those looking for lively acidity, sweetness and fruit notes on equal footing. Gititu finishes with subtle tea and spice top notes, an added touch of complexity to reminisce. A beautiful if not unique brewed Kenya cup in the City to City+ roast range.