This is the mid 2016 crop and just came into the US in 7/2016. The Gitura Washing Station has a long track record of churning out highly rated coffees while being environmentally conscious. It's under the Nyeri umbrella which is the closest thing to Fair Trade that Kenya has right now. It is one of two Kenyans coffees that we are importing through La Minita this year.
If you roast it about 45 seconds past 1st cracks on a drum roaster. 403 degrees bean temp. You get a savory coffee with a fresh garden tomato juicy flavor and slight citrus and then that turns into dry red wine. Tomato flavor has been showing up a lot in Tanzania and Kenyan coffees this year, and they are considered a positive flavor. It's certainly an interesting mug of coffee, and a fun coffee to show off to friends.
However, this bean holds up nicely as a medium roast, I would recommend dumping it right around the 2nd cracks and using it as either a single origin espresso or in an espresso blend. Kenya can be particularly bright and overpowering in espresso, but this one does particularly well as espresso since it doesn't have the strong citrus notes like most. Your third option is that it also holds up nicely as a dark roast, I would give it 20 seconds into the rolling 2nd cracks for a sweet french roast.
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