Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters

Giakanja Kenya

Location: Dallas, Texas

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2017

Agtron: 58/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Boldly sweet-savory. Black cherry, cola nut, fine musk, dark chocolate, caramel in aroma and cup. Crisp, sweet-tart acidity; syrupy, slightly dry mouthfeel. The deeply and richly resonant finish is saturated with all the notes from the cup, plus a new and pleasantly surprising coconut note in the long.


Produced from trees of the admired SL28 and SL34 and the hybrid Ruiru 11 varieties of Arabica at Giakanja mill, affiliated with the Giakanja Farmers Cooperative. 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 coffees. This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from roasting companies in the Southwestern United States (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas) for Coffee Review‘s March 2017 tasting report. Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, based in Dallas, Texas, values long-term relationships with coffee farmers and meticulous roasting practices to ensure a high-quality product. Visit www.oakcliffcoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: An intense, confident Kenya cup that will appeal to those who like savory-leaning yet sweet-toned coffees.

This review originally appeared in the March, 2017 tasting report: Exploring Roasters in the American Southwest

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