A fruit-focused cup in lighter roasts: fruit punch, pulpy orange, red berry, coconut water, fruited lambic beer and more beneath an underlay of unrefined sugars. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 17-19 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
This coffee is from the Gura Factory, a washing station more or less that rests near the banks of the Gura river. Nothing industrious about this "factory", except for the machinery to wash and depulp coffee cherries! Gura is one of 19 washing stations that make up the Othaya Farmer's Cooperative Society, a coop-run organization, one of the older ones I might add. Altitude of the washing station is just shy of 1750 meters and the coffee is grown between 1750 to 2000 meters (mostly SL-28, SL-34, with some Ruiru-11). We try our best to return to the societies who regularly produce some of the best Kenya coffees we see, and each year we come across coffees new to us - like Gura - and this list continues to grow. 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. In Kenya, coffee grades are determined by bean size, which are refered to as "outturns". The most common outturns are AA (17-19 screen - measured in 1/64ths in.), AB (15-17 screen), and Peaberry,". This is the AA outturn, which always commands the highest price. And while not always signifying a superior cup to the others, the quality of this AA thankfully intersects with the premium paid! We liked most every sample we tasted from Gura and picked up AB, Peaberry, and even C grades as well.
This large bean screen size from Gura makes for a lovely fruit-focused coffee at the lighter end of the roast spectrum, with complex fruit flavors that are tropical and 'juicy'. A raw sugary sweetness is at the core of the fragrance and aroma, yet it's the complimentary fruited smells that capture our attention: tropical fruits, berry, sweet citrus and a whole lot more. Light roasts have a fruit punch flavor when brewed that's like red tropical punch made up of pineapple, berry and orange juices. A honey wheat flavor mingles with berry notes and leads to a lambic beer finishing note. Gura's acidity level is a little more than moderate, a pulpy orange juice flavor and mouthfeel connects the rather complex flavor compound. Bittersweet chocolate roast tones are in store at Full City, as well as fruity flavors that come off more like dried fruit and fruit leather.