Coffee Review - Kenya Karatu-Thika by Counter Culture Coffee
  • Counter Culture Coffee

    Durham, North Carolina
  • Kenya Karatu-Thika

Roast: Medium Review Date: September 2011
Origin: Thika growing region, central Kenya. Price: $15.75/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Rich, lush: orange-and-brandy-toned fruit, sweet cocoa, night flowers in aroma and cup. Round, fruit-toned acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is deep and fruit-saturated.

Notes: Produced mainly from trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 and SL34 varieties. Near the town of Gatundu, the Karatu washing station serves four villages – Karatu, Gitwe, Kibiru and Kigaa – and is owned by the 2,000-member Gitwe Farmer Cooperative Society. Counter Culture is a wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit or call 888-238-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: The Kenya acidity is enveloped in rich, brandyish fruit and cocoa notes, making this a Kenya for lovers of fruit-rich red table wines.


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