Kenya Embu Gakui Peaberry

Location: Torrington, Connecticut

Origin: Kiambu County, south-central Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2015

Agtron: 54/70

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Intense, pungent, juicy. Berry (raspberry, black currant), complex flowers (lavender, lilac), dark chocolate, a hint of cooked squash or beet in aroma and cup. Richly balanced, wine-toned acidity; full, nectar-like mouthfeel. Chocolate and flowers, in particular, carry into a resonant, balanced finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 27 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015. The Gakui wet mill is part of the Gakundu Farmers Cooperative Society, which consists of four wet mills in total. Produced from trees of the admired heirloom SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica, as well as the hybrid Ruiru 11. 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 sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Giv COFFEE is dedicated to three goals: to provide quality coffee, to provide a fair price to farmers, and to give back to those in need. Giv COFFEE donates two dollars of every retail bag of coffee it sells; in the case of this coffee, the donation goes to support agricultural improvement projects in Africa. Visit www.givcoffee.com or call 860-874-5301 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value floral seduction and pungent intensity in a classic Kenya.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2015 tasting report: Coffees of Kenya 2015: Still Great, Still Kenya

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