Counter Culture Coffee

Kenya Thiriku

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Origin: Nyeri County, Central Highlands, Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.25/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2011

Agtron: 55/79

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Rose-like flowers hover over a richly tart black currant note – think grapefruit fused with blackberry – in both aroma and cup. Crisp, delicately rich acidity with a hint of bite; silky mouthfeel.


Produced mainly from trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 and SL34 varieties of Arabica, this coffee was grown by the Thiriku Coffee Growers 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: A slightly bitterish but pleasing bite gives authority to this richly classic Kenya with its spicy floral and pungent berry notes.

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

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