Kenya Nyeri Gititu SWP Decaf
Gititu Factory is part of Aghuti Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS), an FCS that includes a few other stations we buy from: Thageini and Kagumo. This is essentially a cooperative as we know it, replete with washing station at the collection site, where members make coffee cherry deliveries. Water process decaf means no chemicals are used, only water to swell the beans, separate caffeine, leaving much of the volatile compounds that affect aroma and taste intact. Which is pretty incredible, and particularly apparent when tasting certain African coffees such as this one, where fruit notes and acidity continue to shine brightly.
It's not often you get to try Kenyan coffee as decaf (partly due to their expense to begin with!), and so this is a special treat. The fragrance is very sweet, 'syrupy', if I can say that about dry grounds, and with punchy spice notes like cinnamon stick and clove syrup. The wet aroma has a smell of candied citrus peel, a tart-sweet allusion, and light berry notes. The cup echoes this citrus characteristic, especially in light roasts, a pungent orange flavor along with a spiced plum pudding aspect. This coffee wasn't extremely high in acidity to begin with, but still more than your average Latin American coffee. The cooling cup shows a spice candy note that is a lot like "Clove" brand chewing gum.
Heavy spice, syrupy sweetness, cherry cola, and clove chewing gum -intense decaf! Unique citric brightness is well-integrated.
My favorite! Strong for a decaf-love it!