Heart Coffee Roasters

Kenya Gichathaini

Location: Portland, Oregon

Origin: Nyeri County, Central Highlands, Kenya.

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2011

Agtron: 59/85

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Rich, deeply and sweetly expressed acidity dominates, nuanced by suggestions of grapefruit, tart pie cherry, fresh-cut fir and perhaps a rounding hint of table grape. Syrupy mouthfeel. Grapefruity citrus in particular carries into a sweet finish.


Produced mainly from trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 and SL34 varieties. Grown by the Gikanda Cooperative and processed at the distinguished, award-winning Gichatha-Ini Factory or wet mill. Heart Coffee Roasters is a young, one-location micro-roasting company “aiming to bring the community the best possible coffee experience.” Visit www.heartroasters.com or call 503-206-6602 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An acidity-lover’s coffee for sure, its grandly expressed brightness intensified by an unusually light roast.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2011 tasting report: Still Tops: Coffees of Kenya

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