Our first Kenyan coffee of 2019 and what a great start to the season! This coffee is absolutely bursting with flavour. Less 'chewy' than Kenyans can be but still juicy and bright. In the cup, you can expect zingy lemongrass and rhubarb notes but with the most gorgeously smooth brown sugar finish. This coffee has fantastic clean acidity and makes incredible espresso for the brave but most of you will enjoy this more as a delightful filter coffee.
Gakuyu-ini is located in Kirenyaga County in the Central highlands of Kenya and is a member of the Thirikwa Cooperative Society. The factory is a set in a beautiful, fertile and forested location and is surrounded by thousands of smallholder subsistence farmers who grow coffee as a cash crop alongside potatoes, bananas, mangoes and avocados.
The average altitude of these smallholdings is approximately 1,650 masl, a factor which contributes to the fine flavour of the coffee. The growers have the advantage of deep and rich soils that were created from the ash of the extinct volcano – Mount Kenya. Coffee varieties used by the farmers are mainly SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian and SL28 grafted onto Ruiru rootstock. The latter combines the hardy and disease resistant properties of Ruiru 11 with the fine cup of SL28.