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Barrington Coffee Roasting Co.

Kenya Gathugu

Location: Lee, Massachusetts

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.95/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2016

Agtron: 60/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Intensely sweet and savory, exotic. Passionfruit, frankincense, grapefruit zest, rose, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright, lyrical acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The rich, long, cocoa-toned finish is flavor-saturated, all the notes from the cup persisting, passionfruit and grapefruit zest in particular.

Notes:

Produced by the Mugaga Farmers’ Cooperative Society from trees of the SL-28 and SL-34 varieties of Arabica. Despite challenges ranging from unclear government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands to chronically unstable weather, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffee. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit www.barringtoncoffee.com or call 800-528-0998 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A compelling classic Kenya coffee, perfectly suspended between sweet and savory, sweetly tart yet deeply rich.