Counter Culture Coffee

Kenya Karatu-Thika

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Origin: Thika growing region, central Kenya.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $15.75/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2011

Agtron: 50/71

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Rich, lush: orange-and-brandy-toned fruit, sweet cocoa, night flowers in aroma and cup. Round, fruit-toned acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is deep and fruit-saturated.


Produced mainly from trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 and SL34 varieties. Near the town of Gatundu, the Karatu washing station serves four villages – Karatu, Gitwe, Kibiru and Kigaa – and is owned by the 2,000-member Gitwe Farmer Cooperative Society. Counter Culture is a wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit www.counterculturecoffee.com or call 888-238-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: The Kenya acidity is enveloped in rich, brandyish fruit and cocoa notes, making this a Kenya for lovers of fruit-rich red table wines.

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

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