Intelligentsia Coffee

Kenya Gichathaini

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: December 2009

Agtron: 52/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Intense aroma: round fruitiness suggesting black currant, mixed berries, lemon, toast, soft night flowers. Bright-toned acidity, medium body with a delicately syrupy mouthfeel and a particularly juicy tartness suggesting something like Satsuma oranges in syrup, together with continuing notes of flowers and berries, all lingering deeply into the finish.


Gichathaini is one of three cooperative green-coffee processing centers run by the Gikanda Cooperative Society. With operations in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas, Intelligentsia is a distinguished specialty roaster and a leader in sourcing and roasting small, exceptional lots of coffee like this one. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A particularly sweet, fruit-toned version of the classic Kenya profile.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2009 tasting report: Best (or Should-Be-Best) Selling Single Origins 2009

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