Counter Culture Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Durham, North Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||Thika growing region, central Kenya.|
|Est. Price:||$15.75/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||September 2011|
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.
Notes: 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
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