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Intelligentsia Coffee

Kenya Gichathaini

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price:

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.

Notes:

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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