Kenya Nyeri Gatugi AA
Juicy fruited profile that unfolds to notes of ripe apricot and nectarine, black cherry, mixed berries, fruit jam, fresh plum, and fig, with immense sweetness anchoring the cup. Very nice 92+ pt. Kenyan coffee.
Variety: SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru-11
Altitude: 1900+ masl
Processing: Wet Process (Washed)
Gatugi is one of several coffees we picked up from Othaya Farmer's Cooperative Society (FCS), an FCS that includes an impressive amount of wet mills, 18 in all, dating back to the late 1950s. Gatugi Factory sits at just under 1900 meters above sea level, right along the Ichamama River, which is fed from the Karima forest above. "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. Being one of the older Kenya FCS, we are well aware of the quality coming out of Othaya, and have had the good fortune to buy a few stellar lots the past two years. It 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 AA outturn, which just means it's the largest bean separation from a particular coffee process batch.
Description from Coffee Shrub.