Gakuyuni is grown by the Thirikwa Farmers Cooperative and consists of SL-28, SL-34, and Ruiru 11 varietal coffees. It is owned by the Tropical Farm Management group which oversees humanitarian and environmental standards. It is in the Kirinyaga Region.
This coffee is remarkable. Roast it light, keep it well out of the 2nd cracks. 25 seconds out of the 1st cracks is the farthest you would want to take it, but we are going a little bit lighter than that even. The aroma of red wine and that initial acidity make you expect that it is going to be a nice typical Kenya, but it has some fun flavors that make it special. We are noting tastes of brown sugar and chocolate in addition to the typical sweet grapefruit in lighter roasts, and a little bit of tropical fruits in slightly darker roasts. It has great classic acidity, lively on your tongue. We picked it out months ago as being one of the very best Kenyans of the season.
US Arrival: July 2020