Kenya Gakuyu-ini AB
is backordered. We will ship it separately in 10 to 15 days.
Persimmon, Melon, Honeysuckle
Farm: Thirikwa Cooperative Society
Farmer: Gakuyu-ini Cooperative
Origin: Kirinyaga Region
Varietals: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11
Located 130km outside of Nairobi, the Gakuyu-ini Factory is a large wet/dry mill serving hundreds of small farms throughout the region. The factory's operation is overseen by the Thirikwa Cooperative Society, a 1,853 member co-op founded in 1953 to oversee quality coffee production in the region. At this time, the Thirikwa Cooperative Society produces nearly 1.7 Million pounds of coffee fruit per year - all hand picked and meticulously sorted both before washing, and after processing.
The Kenya Gakuyu-ini AB is both distinctly Kenyan, and uniquely uncharacteristic of typical Kenyan coffees. The "AB" distinction refers to the size of screens used to sort coffees - "AB" is the second largest screen used in the sorting process. Though not directly related to quality measure, the larger bean size of "AB" and "AA" sorted coffees is a common corollary.
This particular coffee has been simply stunning on the cupping table, and as the first Kenyan offering for this year's harvest, we are eager to see what other exciting coffees come from the region this year.
It has been difficult to pin down a short list of flavor descriptions for this coffee. Persimmon speaks to the black tea tannin and rich citrus acidity, while melon describes the almost over-developed sweetness. Several cuppers have gone so far as to describe ripe cantaloupe, specifically. Even with those intense flavors and body, the coffee is still delicate, refreshing, and floral-sweet like honeysuckle. This coffee is the perfect summertime coffee, both hot and over ice.
Recommended Brewing Methods:
1:16.5 Ratio of Coffee to Water, Hario V60, Kalita Wave
1:8 Ratio, Japanese Iced Coffee Method
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