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Artisan Roast: Kenya, Gichatha Ini AA, Washed

Tasting notes: A spectacular effervescent acidity leads the way followed by flavours of stewed rhubarb, toffee and hints of blackcurrant

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Year after year, the Nyeri region continues to produce the coffees that represent both the quality and flavour profile which has made Kenyan coffee so well loved and famous. Within this zone the factories (the local name for washing stations) surrounding Nyeri itself and the nearby town of Karatina are those that produce the most intense and classic coffees.

Gichatha-ini, a handful of miles from Karatina town, is one of these factories, and along with the sibling factories Ndaro-ini and Kangocho, it forms the small but very well regarded Gikanda Cooperative Society.

This large beaned AA micro-lot is full of the the bold, high intensity and effervescent acidity of Kenyan coffees. In this selection from Gichatha-ini the acidity is complex, combining malic apple-like acid, citrus acid and also some phosphoric acidity.  Flavours in the brew are led by stewed rhubarb, toffee, and citrus fruit.  Further flavours of blackcurrant, an often defining characteristic of Nyeri coffee, vanilla and molasses can also be found as the coffee cools.  A viscous, syrup like mouthfeel helps enhance the sweetness and toffee-like nature of the coffee further.

The roast has been developed to best bring out the interplay between rhubarb, citrus and caramel-like attributes.  This leads it more towards filter brewing as a method to best experience its fruity nature, clarity and complexity.  Immersion brewing will still bring out a great coffee experience too, more focused towards caramel and cola like attributes.

Altitude: 1600m - 1900masl
Farm/Coop: Gichatha Ini AA
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Filter, Black, With milk
Origin: Kenya, Africa
Region: Mathira West District, Nyeri County
Process Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: A spectacular effervescent acidity leads the way followed by flavours of stewed rhubarb, toffee and hints of blackcurrant
Varietals: Sl28, Sl34, Batian, Ruiru 11

Roasting and delivery information

We roast every Monday and Wednesday (roasting days). Our cut off for planning orders for roasting is 12 pm on a roasting date. If an order is received after this cut off it will be prioritised on the next roasting day. Most items will be dispatched the next day (Tuesday and Thursday) We send the coffee by Royal Mail 1st Class post, which aims to deliver within 1 working day. For International delivery to Europe we use the Royal Mail International Standard service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days. For International delivery to World Zone 1 & 2 countries we use the Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days.

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.