Kenya Gatundu Karinga AB
|Roaster Location:||San Diego, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Thika growing region, central Kenya.|
|Est. Price:||$15.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||September 2015|
Blind Assessment: Deep, sweet, pungent. Black currant, mulberry, dark chocolate, blood orange, hints of frankincense and lantana-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, lyric acidity; lightly syrupy, satiny mouthfeel. Deep, resonant, flavor-saturated finish.
Notes: From trees of the heirloom SL28 and SL34 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 coffees. This coffee was processed at the Karinga wet mill near the town of Gatundu. Karinga is part of Gitwe Farmer’s Cooperative Society, which includes more than 900 coffee producers. Coffee Factorial, based in San Diego, is a coffee lab that works with wholesale, retail and subscription customers. For more information, visit www.coffeefactorial.com.
Who Should Drink It: Those who value resonance and depth in a powerful yet balanced Kenya.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2015 tasting report: Coffees of Kenya 2015: Still Great, Still Kenya