Dukes Coffee Roasters

Kenya Gondo

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Origin: Murang’a County, central Kenya

Roast: Light

Est. Price: AUD $24.00/300 grams

Review Date: June 2016

Agtron: 57/93

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately rich, sweetly pungent. Orange zest, tea rose, redwood, peach, caramel in aroma and cup. Sweet, lively acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. The richly drying finish consolidates around orange zest and redwood.


Produced entirely from trees of the much-admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 variety of Arabica. Gondo is one of three mills run by the roughly 1800-member New Kiriti Farmers Cooperative Society. Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a test of coffees from Australian roasters conducted for Coffee Review‘s June 2016 tasting report. Dukes Coffee Roasters is a group of like-minded individuals who share a love of and passion for great coffee and a desire to break new ground by focusing on the craft of carefully roasting the best coffees in the world using innovative roasting practices. For more information, visit www.dukescoffee.com.au.

The Bottom Line: An attractively austere Kenya cup poised between the crispness of citrus and stone fruit and the plush spice of aromatic wood and tea rose.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2016 tasting report: Some Single-Origin Coffees from Australian Roasters

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