Kenya Gatomboya Peaberry
Roast Level: Light Roast
94 points from coffeereview.com! Here is their take:
Blind Assessment:Sweetly spiced-toned, chocolaty. Dried plum, maple syrup, pink peppercorn, dark chocolate, star jasmine in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with high-toned acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The especially long, resounding finish carries over all the flavor notes from the cup.
The Bottom Line:An evocative Kenya cup redolent of rich floral and sweet spice tones, with an especially resonant finish.
As intimated above, our Production team loves the thickness of the traditional Kenyan notes on this one, accented by some cardamon. The heady sweetness on this coffee and undertones of creamy fruit like cherimoya and ice-cream bean give a sturdy base to space out flavors on more fickle extractions and brews. Try this one on your home pour over or espresso setup.
From the importer:
Gatomboya is a coffee factory in Kenya's famed coffee growing Nyeri County, near Karatina town. By "factory", we don't mean it is industrial, aside from the coffee de-pulping machine. In Kenya, the wet mills are simply called "factory", and is where the cooperative members deliver their coffee cherry for pulping, fermenting, washing, drying. Small washing stations are aligned with a particular "society" which is what they call a cooperative in Kenya. We've had amazing lots of Gatomboya the last few years, which is part of the same cooperative group as Gaturiri: Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society ("FCS"). We keep returning to the societies who seem to regularly produce some of the best Kenya coffees we see, such as Barichu and Tekangu societies. 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 is the peaberry outturn, which in past years has tended to be more fruit-forward than the others.