States Coffee & Mercantile

Kenya Othaya

Location: Martinez, California

Origin: Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $10.00/8 ounces

Review Date: February 2017

Agtron: 56/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly savory, sweetly herb-toned. Honey, rosemary flower, baker’s chocolate, black currant, almond in aroma and cup. Juicy, vibrant acidity; delicate, velvety mouthfeel. Savory-sweet notes of almond and rosemary flower carry the richly drying, resonant finish.


Produced by the Othaya Farmers Cooperative from trees of the admired SL28 and SL34 and hybrid Ruiru 11 varieties of Arabica. Despite challenges ranging from unclear government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands to chronically unstable weather, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from roasting companies five-years-old or younger for Coffee Review‘s February 2017 tasting report. Founded by roaster Keith Gehrke in 2015, States Coffee is a hybrid roastery/cafe and a mercantile that features handmade, artisan wares. Visit www.statescoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: Classically Kenya: sweet, tart and deeply savory all at once, resonating around floral-toned herb and pungent berry notes.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2017 tasting report: New Roasting Companies Carry the Third-Wave Torch

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