Coffee Review - Kenya AA Gatomboya by Gavagai
  • Gavagai

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Kenya AA Gatomboya

Roast: Medium Review Date: June 2012
Origin: South-central Kenya. Price: NT $700/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Crisply sweet-toned, balanced, subtly complex. Cocoa, plum, peach, hints of dusk flowers and pungent cedar in aroma and cup. Gently bright, juicy acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. The layered, delicate flavor fades slightly in the dryish finish.

Notes: Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world's most elegant and distinctive coffees. This lot was produced entirely from trees of Kenya’s premier varieties of Arabica, the great, Bourbon-related SL28 and SL34. Gavagai is a Taiwanese one-location, in-store roaster specializing in siphon-brewed single-origin coffees and single-origin espressos.

Who Should Drink It: Kenya devotees. A finely nuanced, quietly original variation of the dry yet sweet, crisply layered floral and fruit Kenya cup.


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